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Entry Door
by Mary Langer Thompson

I wash down my son’s new
front door with its distressed
finish and rain glass.
Who will knock on it?
Who will come through it?

He’s lonely. Needs a new woman
since his girlfriend left
on his birthday.
His cat sits upstairs, curled
in her cathouse.

He places white shelf paper on
shelves in the kitchen.
His father hooks up his dishwasher,
gets rid of putrid black liquid in
the old drain hose.

We laugh together.
I need to let him go to answer knocks
on this door, without my being here
to watch it, to guard it against enemies.

I can. I can.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Mary Langer Thompson’s poems, short stories, and essays appear in various journals and anthologies. She is a contributor to two poetry writing texts, The Working Poet (Autumn Press, 2009) and Women on Poetry: Writing, Revising, Publishing and Teaching (McFarland, 2012), and was the 2012 Senior Poet Laureate of California. Her children’s books How the Blue-Tongued Skink got his Blue Tongue and The Gull Who Thought He Was Dull were published by Another Think Coming Press. A retired school principal and former secondary English teacher, Langer Thompson received her Ed.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. She continues to enjoy conducting writing workshops for schools, prisons, and in her community of the high desert of California. Visit her author’s page at Amazon.