How the Chinese Do It

Jan Chronister

Painting my front door red,
doing what my feng shui friend said,
I eagerly coat my back door too
then receive advice cautioning
against that very act.

The paint peels off
like a snakeskin
as if the door knew
a house should have one red mouth
not two.

 
 
Jan Chronister

Jan Chronister

Jan Chronister lives and writes in the woods near Maple, Wisconsin. Her chapbook Target Practice was published in 2009 by Parallel Press at the University of Wisconsin. She currently serves as president of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets.