David Wagoner Poems
|2.||The Shooting Of John Dillinger Outside The Biograph Theater, July 22, 1934||1/20/2003|
|3.||For A Row Of Laurel Shrubs||1/13/2003|
|4.||Wallace Stevens On His Way To Work||1/13/2003|
|5.||The Junior High School Band Concert||1/20/2003|
|6.||This Is A Wonderful Poem||1/20/2003|
|7.||At The Door||1/13/2003|
At The Door
All actors look for them-the defining moments
When what a character does is what he is.
The script may say, He goes to the door
And exits or She goes out the door stage left.
But you see your fingers touching the doorknob,
Closing around it, turning it
As if by themselves. The latch slides
Out of the strike-plate, the door swings on its hinges,
And you're about to take that step
Over the threshold into a different light.
For the audience, you may simply be
Disappearing from the scene, yet in those few seconds
You can reach for the knob as the last ...