Cracked and broken,
Render flaking,
Shut yet open,
Faded, baking.
Map of peeling
Plastered fracture.
Window gazing,
Bars that capture.
Doorway stubborn,
Hardened Shell,
Outer cordon
I know so well.
Brave the threshold,
Bin the bars,
Abate the mould,
Stoke the hearth.
Abstract  mirror -
A wall without,
Echoes clearer
 Life’s grit ‘n’ grout.
©Philip Holden

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