Poems and Poetry

The Gatekeeper | A Poem by Wanda Morrow Clevenger

meeny miny
moed from glossy
black and white
single-sided brochures
at the check-in counter
he said he was just
the gatekeeper
his job was
to not let anything
get past him

he kept to the script
yes—no
questions—answers
did I want to harm
myself or
others

he divvied out a month’s
refill of normality
he was the gatekeeper
his job was to
maintain status quo

it would take
referral to at least
a bi-fold brochure
to get anything
past him

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