Every day when I wake up, I open my eyes and realize I have all these doors staring back at me.
Other people call them choices or decisions. I know better.

I’d only be fooling myself to believe I have an equal amount of control over which lever I will reach to take hold, or which door through which I’ll be compelled to travel.

They’re not all alike, you know. Some are strong and sturdy, like well-crafted oak or mahogany. They come designed to impress. Whenever I knock on one on those, the announcement of my meager presence is nearly absorbed by its colossal construction and display. Why, I feel swallowed whole whenever I dare consider allowing myself the right to lurk behind any of their beings. I’m rather certain, given enough time, they probably warp and decay; but something about that troubles me too. I don’t want to stay around to see it.

Others are hollow, though seemingly encased in metal. They appear more difficult to encroach upon than, in truth, they actually are. Some of them come with intimidating messages attached, such as “Do Not Disturb.” I’ve kicked a few of them in a time or two in my life. Nothing’s all that interesting behind them.

Most days, for whatever reason or other, I’m drawn back to the revolving door. You know the one. It stands front and center, transparent, made of breakable glass. There’s no guessing what lies on the other side. And, mostly, whenever I enter it, by the end of the day, I’m just right back where I started.

My head is spinning (but not in an Exorcist sort of way), -jody


Trifecta’s got another challenge this week. This time it’s:

DOOR- but not just any old door! It has to meet the 3rd definition:

1: a usually swinging or sliding barrier by which an entry is closed and opened; also : a similar part of a piece of furniture
2: doorway
3: a means of access or participation : opportunity <opens new doors> <door to success>
As you can see, I’ve used one type of DOOR to metaphorically depict another.
So here are the rules & regs. (I would also suggest not running with scissors, but that’s the mom in me.)
Please remember:
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  • You must use the 3rd definition of the given word in your post.
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26 thoughts on “Passages

  1. I feel like applauding – what a great extended metaphor. And the revolving door was perfect: “And, mostly, whenever I enter it, by the end of the day, I’m just right back where I started.”

  2. The way you tackle the different doors and describe them seem to give each one and each possibility its own character. Great job!

    Thanks for linking up! Don’t forget to come back to vote!

  3. I love that you came at the prompt from a different angle — and all your doors have such personality! I’m familiar with that revolving door myself. 🙂

  4. I think you just perfectly described most people’s daily life, as grim as that seems. As the eternal optimist, I hope that occasionally there’s another door with something new or different on the other side. A very thought provoking piece.

  5. Love the different “characters” of the doors you described & how differently the narrator reacts to each:-)An amazing ending too,beautifully expressed Jody:-)

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