An Invitation - National Council of Teachers of English
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An Invitation

The following poem, added to our Arts of Language Collection, was submitted by Belgrade High School writing coach Aaron Yost, who says it “represents how I often feel about the ELA teacher’s project.”


Woman walking through a book, a way to think about poetry opening doors.An Invitation

I placed a door
alone on a hill
and invited you through.

There was no sense
of coming or going
when you stepped around

but, suddenly, we were
together in the same grass,
the door’s other side now

visible to us both, its paint
peeling away the grain
underneath. Where are

the hinges? you asked.
It was the wrong question
but I didn’t walk away.