Norcross Front Door
by Cristina M. R. Norcross

Joy usually escapes our sunflower adorned doorway,
like the floating fragrance of
freshly baked bread.
Our door welcomes the new day,
the postman,
the morning breeze,
and the sound of red-winged blackbirds singing.
Now we are told not to come and go.
Our doors are meant to close out
the virus, the world, the air itself.
We wander in our cocooned state
with books and hot tea,
from room to room.
No longer free to roam the town
and sit on benches,
the closed door policy
feels as foreign as the germs
we are meant to block out.
My window to nature becomes
the back porch.
I let the sweetness of fresh air in
through the screened door.
Our cat inhales the ancient scent of trees,
the wondrous green grass,
and the smoky wafting of grills being fired up.
I sit facing the quiet expanse of the marshland—
welcoming nature.
The doorway to my mind is always open.

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: When I thought about doorways for this prompt, I imagined the way energy flows through my house. The relaxed, easy way sunshine kisses sunshine from the front door to the back door, off of the kitchen. Due to the current sheltering at home guidelines for COVID-19, I’ve noticed that I am even more careful about closing doors. Our backyard has become a haven for quiet contemplation. Thankful for these moments of fresh air and hearing nature’s music.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Cristina M. R. Norcross was the editor of the online poetry journal, Blue Heron Review (2013-2020) and is the author of eight poetry collections. Her latest book is Beauty in the Broken Places (Kelsay Books, 2019). Other recent collections include Amnesia and Awakenings (Local Gems Press, 2016) and Still Life Stories (Kelsay Books, 2016). Her poems have been published, or are forthcoming, in The Ekphrastic Review, Visual Verse, Red Cedar, Your Daily Poem, Right Hand Pointing, and Pirene’s Fountain, among others.  Her work also appears in numerous print anthologies. She is the co-founder of Random Acts of Poetry and Art Day (celebrated annually on Feb. 20th).  Visit her at