by Kent Bruyneel
"I wanted to talk to you about doors, I said," she said. Stopping to say it.
Standing in the way.
"I like them is what I said," she saidóme staring at her. "A totally human
creation. Well, mostly. And so full of possibility and absent wonder too."
I was thinking how funny it was she should be into things like that-and on
so many weird levels, with her hair in that way.
Her father made cabinets. "My father was a cabinetmaker, I told you that
too, already?" She said.
Now sitting staring like at the hallway, but at the doorway if you asked,
"They say you can't see a doorway, you know? But you can with the right kind
of eyes. Yeah, see almost anything with those eyes."
Eyes like hers, no doubt. Sighing and
standing; pulling herself up gradually, "Eyes Just Like Mine."
"I love that in the earthquake you're supposed to head for the doorway. And
I hate Vancouver. Because Vancouver never has any earthquakes and so I just
stand there and pretend. And think how I'd always slam the door behind me before
She took my hand and we made left back into the front hall; she adjusted my
collaróme just there standing now and dumb. Waiting. "They're French I said,
that too. You know?"
I was tired and more than fascinated. Thought about how much more she could
say. "They're are all kinds of doors, I said, too" she said. "So many."
I moved closer to her leaned in to remember everything.
"All different colours and shapes and momentums. But those ones we just left, they're French
with clean windows." Smiling
now, and closing her eyes.
"Nobody can avoid them, is what I didn't say" she said.
Me dreaming now; almost falling right into her.
Kent Bruyneel has pinched intellectual