Light Slides a Window Slowly Shut
     Eric Christiansen
 
you enter a room a window
a door you only see 
where light isn’t the light 
is peach you taste peach 
 
you enter a room a window 
razor-blades white lines
on black glass
                               two doors you
make a choice 
you enter
                               a room a window 
waits and cultivates oranges on 
the wall the wall 
                becomes 
                a window a window 
                                               becomes         
                                a door a door
a grove of orange trees 
                you make a choice 
                                                you         
                                                enter 
                a room a window 
is a threshold a door
                                                is a room 
                         you can’t remember how
you enter you enter
                a room a window 
                                                melts
back 
into white sand a door
into a field of wildflowers 
you 
                                               enter 
                              a room a door 
opens a door opens light 
slides         
                                a window 
slowly                                 shut 
you 
enter             
                                              a room         
               you make a choice

Eric Christiansen is a poet from Waldwick, New Jersey, where he has lived for more than twenty years before moving to California.  After transferring from Grinnell College in Iowa, he received his B.A. in literature and creative writing from Ramapo College of New Jersey. Eric has been featured in such events as the Brick City Speaks reading series in Newark and attended the 2017 New York Writers Institute at Skidmore College. His poems have appeared in Small Orange. He is pursuing an MFA in poetry at St. Mary's College of California.