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Go and Open the Door

by on September 5, 2006

Commissioned as part of Mental Fight Club’s exhibition, “Moving and Still”; part of a week-long festival, organised by Southwark TV, to celebrate World Mental Health week 2006.

A poem read by some of the users, staff and volunteers at 3 mental health projects in Southwark.

The collaborators are service users, volunteers and paid workers at 3 mental health projects in the borough. The idea was to unify these different groups of people and redress the power imbalance that exists between them, momentarily, through a shared activity, and for posterity in the finished film.

Go and open the door.
Maybe outside there’s
a tree, or a wood,
a garden,
or a magic city.

Go and open the door.
Maybe a dog’s rummaging.
Maybe you’ll see a face,
or an eye,
or the picture
of a picture.

Go and open the door.
If there’s a fog
it will clear.

Go and open the door.
Even if there’s only
the darkness ticking,
even if there’s only
the hollow wind,
even if nothing is there,
go and open the door.

Miroslav Holub

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