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by Dark One 

Posted: 20 July 2003
Word Count: 115
Summary: This a piece I wrote a few years back and got published in a book called 'A Quiet Storm'

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Corridors long, corridors short,
Individual in-betweeners existing in a pause,
Swiftly forgotten, in a hurry
People start to blur in the flurry
These emblems of distance never travelled.

Corridors wide, corridors narrow
Sparsely aligned with creaking doors
Shutting the dust rooms out of sight
Filled sporadically with fleeting light.
These endless passages confined in time.

Corridors light, corridors dark
In a glance find new life
The poor, forgotten corridors abused through wearing feet
Tired of the goals it sets those who seek.
These material pathways forced to guide.

Corridors creep, corridors run
Explore through patience
The corridors are waiting with wooden needs
Within their confines lies life's precious seed.
These emblems of distance never travelled.

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Shadowgirl at 11:01 on 20 July 2003  Report this post
What an amazing concept to make the corridor alive! But is it just me, who thunks that the corridor represents our pathway through life - our lives - this is so very much more than it seems to me. Well done, I can fully see why this was published. WOW!

Dark One - you have done something quite amazing - you have introduced me to poetry as an artform. I so often dismissed it before. Thank you!

Best wishes

poemsgalore at 12:54 on 20 July 2003  Report this post
This makes me think of those lovely old fashioned trains that had a corridor along one side with enclosed compartments along it. Again this links with a journey, so Carole and I obviously think the same. Well written and exciting.

bluesky3d at 21:39 on 20 July 2003  Report this post
Thomas, O Dark One...

I liked this, despite spending my life trying to design buildings without any corridors. The problem with boring old corridors is always how to make them interesting and you certainly have managed to do that brilliantly.

The 'wooden needs' line I am still thinking about though.

Do you have any more 'architectural type' poems or was this a 'one off' ?

Andrew :o)

Dark One at 09:44 on 22 July 2003  Report this post
Thank you for your positive feedback and interpretations on this piece. The 'wooden needs' line is meant to be a doble reference that on one hand suggests that this corridor is an old dusty creaky wooden antique corridor but on the other is a hint towards the pretence that we hold that we actually need things in life (hence wooden needs)

Dark One

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