Doorway by Ingrid Ruthig

A plane of passage
contained by a frame
hinged to the changing
gate of a door –
the ethos of past
present and future.
Means nothing, if
locked, but it’s not.
On one side the were.
Inside, are, or the thin
now of between.
Through, and the future
presents the self
you were bound to be
only moments ago.
The room you left or
entered doesn’t matter,
nor does the need
for hello, goodbye.
There now behind,
forward you morph
into flipbook is,
form renewed here, and
here, like pages lapsed
and settling one upon
the other. Shapeshifter
you, pulling was
like stubborn sweet
taffy into this
and is . . .


Copyright © Ingrid Ruthig. Originally published in This Being (Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2016).


Ingrid Ruthig, a writer, poet, editor, visual artist, and former architect, is the author of This Being (Fitzhenry & Whiteside), winner of the League of Canadian Poets’ 2017 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Her work has appeared widely, in publications such as The Best Canadian Poetry, Am, Be: The Poetry of Wayne Clifford, The Malahat Review, Cordite (AUS), Magma (UK), and many others. Her books also include Slipstream (2011), Synesthete II (chapbook, 2005), The Essential Anne Wilkinson (2014), Richard Outram: Essays on His Works (2011), and David Helwig: Essays on His Works (Guernica Editions, 2018). A 2018 Hawthornden Fellow, Ingrid lives near Toronto and tweets at @IngridRuthig.