How people gather in doorways
Their deepest conversations
in four inches of space?
Between one coming
and one going?
Four inches of intimacy,
four inches of knowing.
We see the people
in this space…
that is neither here nor there.
Holding onto a door that is open,
an opening with freedom to speak.
A threshold with invitation
to be heard and to move forward
…through four inches of intimacy.
A threshold to be gained.
Let us bless this common space
Made sacred by the stories.
Let us bless the greetings and the leavings
Made holy by the long good-byes.
Let us bless this open door
With its quiet words and listening.
This poem began in church with a very unholy attitude. Honestly it was the congestion I noticed first and inside I began to complain and rail against this problem. Then I noticed it happening when I visited others, lingering as I got ready to leave, finding myself doing what I had complained about. Now it is a holy place and time. An invitation to another visit maybe in a wider place.