Pat H. Fredeman

I find myself continually asking people about doors:
Is this door open?
Will this door close?
Does this door lead anywhere
Does anyone ever return through this door?
Will I return through this door?

Where I come from doors lead somewhere.

Does anyone never return through this door?
Some doors revolve.
Did their inventor have a handle on time warps and relativity?

Kids have the right idea;
Go round and round
And end up in a really different place
And nobody knows.

All because of being locked inside a movie house
      At age seven?
With fading images of Bogart and Cagney and Boyer,
      Lamar and Bergman and Rita H.
Empty lobby   Empty ticket booth   Empty seats
The Saturday suits and dresses locked out
Kept company only by illusions
Mellowing into shadows,
The blank screen's afterlife
Beckoning to another world
Breathing on the edge of presence
Lurking and waiting for
The magic of belief.


Author Bio

Pat Fredeman has published numerous poems and some short, non-fiction pieces in various literary journals and magazines. She has done editorial work, given poetry readings, taught university literature and creative writing courses, and conducted community workshop courses for the regional branch of the National League of American Pen Women, of which she is a member. She has degrees from the University of British Columbia (M.A.) and the University of Oklahoma (B.A.[Phi Beta Kappa], Ph.D.[magna cum laude], Dissertation: Ben Jonson.

Ms. Fredeman's Christian Romance Paradise Regained will be available August 1999 from Gemini Books. Pat has recently completed a contemporary romance and a fantasy novelette and she tells us she is currently working on another novel.



"Doors" Copyright © 1996 Pat H. Fredeman. All rights reserved. Previously published in Pegasus, Spring 1996, Vol. XVI, p.15. Published by permission of the author.
This page last updated 4-17-99.

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