Homecoming, my new album of musical poetry, will feature woven layers of acoustic violin and spoken word poetry. Below is the poem that goes with track 2, "Portals," which I wrote after being inspired by the beautiful doors on the island of Syros. Here is a rough video captured at a live demo presentation I gave at the Syros Sound/Word Residency.
First day here, I’m staying at a local’s house. The night is warm for exploring.
I take a picture of the front door before heading out.
To find my way back.
I love the doors on this island, Syros. Can’t stop taking pictures.
There’s a royal blue one, a dark bold wood, turquoise with brass handle. Even chipped edges look just right against stark white walls.
Every house begins with a door.
Every door is a portal to a house.
Portal to a home.
I think about my own apartment door, identical to the hundreds of other doors in my building.
Is my door a portal too?
Last month, two neighbors mistook my door for theirs. In the middle of the night, I heard the clanking, scraping of misfit key entering lock.
This would not happen here in Syros.
Not to the faded aubergine nor the freshly-painted tangerine.
Not to the shy lavender or pastel pink with periwinkle trim…
How do I make my door a portal? What if a portal only happens when a house becomes a home?
I have a ways to go.
Is home really a home if it has one hundred clones?
This work was written by Chrysanthe Tan during Syros Sound Meetings' Sound / Word Residency (Ano Syros, Greece, July 2016).
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