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Poetry by Hege Jakobsen Lepri

At the Door (Old Story for a new Age)

When I walk

in doubt

I tell myself the tale

of when Jehovah’s


knocked on a red door

somewhere far

from the suburbs

—for a long time

banging filled

the air of the ungentrified

neck of the hoods

as if nobody lived

there anymore.

Yahweh was so old

it took years

to move

from the kitchen

to the front door—

was truly awesome \

but often arrived

too late for that word

to still mean

what it once meant

(though awe

was still awe)

—the door swung


as the whiteness

had started sorting


to slide

under the door

they were

bent over

at the threshold

didn’t see it


—a red door


with history

should be easy to see

but no one had

prepared them

for that scenario

of the gate

suddenly open

a brown Yahweh


what they were doing



they fell to the ground

as Yahweh beamed

her brightest smile.

Hege Jakobsen Lepri is a Norwegian-Canadian translator and writer. She had her first story published in English in 2013 and that has since been her writing language. Though she's primarily a prose writer, her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in untethered, Prism International, Haiku journal, Under the Basho, Anti-Heroin Chic, Better than Starbucks, Watch your Head and Burning House Press. She has also been part of The Emerging Writers Reading Series in Toronto. You find her at www.hegeajlepri.ca

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