The Unlocked Door

February 2021 Writing Prompts: #2 Little By Little


A picture of dog and a cat under a Christmas tree

flowers pressed in a book

that I obediently read

because it was gift of words that meant so much to you.


You left the receipt in it,  I still don’t know why.


Tickets to a concert that  you were going to take someone else to

I found them just before Valentines Day.

I still have them and I  take them out sometimes

and laugh.


Nights in White Satin, indeed.


Little by little the door to that room in the back of my head

swings open with a creak and when it does

I kick it closed again



before the howling starts.

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