The Door

There is a door
at the end of a red hallway
It has a blue handle
It has a yellow-tinted window
If you look through the window
you’ll see a field of grain
that stretches to the horizon
where a giant bloody sun
sinks forever but never sets
If you open the door
you first have to grab the handle
and it stings you with poison nettles
invisible and deadly
so that before the door is fully open
you drop to your knees
foam on your tongue
eyes rolling up in your head
and only your death throes take you across the threshold
The soil of the field of grain
will soak up your fluid
and the crows will eat your eyes
and the worms will devour your flesh
and the grain will grow
but the giant bloody sun will never set


- Corinne Simpson