there stands at the door

a loyal soldier

decorated with shadows of

tired feet and stepping stones

"Welcome" he yells

in italicized font

mud piles in his hair

pebbles wedge in his smile

poked and prodded

by guarded souls

he stands at attention

never repaid

sometimes he is shaken

of all his dust laden flaws but

never high enough

to ring the doorbell.

November 2021 Prize Winner!

This poem won the Poetry Prompt Prize for November 2021. It is inspired by
Raoul Fernandes
’ writing prompt “Be Boring”.

Through her poem, Chen reminds us to pay attention to the every day taken for granted objects that surround us by creating an interior life for a seemingly banal lifeless thing—the doormat.

— Therese Estacion, 2022 Voices/Voix Journal Editor

Sunny Chen

Grade: 12 / CEGEP I
Sir Winston Churchill High School
Calgary, AB

“<p> I was really inspired by the idea of viewing life from the perspective of an inanimate object. In this poem, I examined the life of a doormat and tried to capture its attempt at making its existence worthwhile.</p> ”

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