How Many Feet

How many feet can
tread across a mat
before the “welcome”
is worn out?

37,261 soles
crossing the threshold.

why was the mat needed?
Didn’t you receive my
personal invitation?
I’m sitting inside and wondering,
the clock keeps me company.

The message has been inviting you,
the inner door
was locked.
Whatever became of the key?

An unfortunate dishonesty,
a necessary protection,
has been slowly rubbed away and
by the passages.

And yet,
after so long,
who could avoid the grief
of its disintegration?

We sit in at the funeral
the angels hand out soothing
to the mourners and-
the service is starting.

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