Poetry

Door to Narnia (Sandcastle 14.03)

I opened wardrobes in search of Narnia
but found only coats sorted on hangers
by season, softness, color
other accessories—
scarves, hats, a chaotic battlefield
of mismatched shoes littering the floor.

But no Narnia.

So I tried other doors—
closets in school,
boiler rooms in basements,
trapdoors to crawl spaces,
even kitchen cupboards.
But Narnia, I realized,
was a dimension
crafted within a man’s head,
and the key to finding it
was not
by opening a door
but rather a book.
How many worlds
did C.S. Lewis keep
locked in his mind
to visit at leisure?
Dimensions he never crafted
a key for any stranger to use,
only fragmented clues
scribbled in journals.

I keep many partial worlds in mine.
Ghosts and memories,
people whose existence flickered to life
the instant I wrote down a name,
forests and rivers
and dead butterflies,
a white sand beach where gray water
meets gray sky
spurned lovers
the haunted house at the corner
of Chestnut and Rose.

Becoming a true keysmith
takes time and patience.
A journal is a glimpse
through a window.
A book is the key
to the door.

I stopped hunting for Narnia
when I found Avilésor,
and I feverishly
but painstakingly
crafted a key
to another dimension.

Step into a bookstore.

It’s quiet
unassuming
so innocent and
deceptively peaceful
considering the rows
upon rows
of paperbound keys
on the shelves
unlock doors leading to
dragon and wars
gods
evils born in the darkest
depths of humanity’s
collective consciousness.

A book is the key.

Words are
the magic spell
to enter a new
dimension.

Narnia

Middle Earth

Neverland

Panem

Hogwarts

Alagaësia

Denduron

Sercosia

Avilésor

You’ve just crossed the threshold
a dimension that exists within
a human’s mind.

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