. Who's Behind the Door The quiet words, the trembling lips, __we’ve heard it all before. Keen questions dwell within our minds, __like who’s behind the door. We saw the lights, heard voiceless words, __asked, “Is there any more?” The speaking’s frail and actions flail, __but who’s behind the door? The Wizard drew his curtain and __he fooled the land of Oz. But when the curtain opened up __they saw just who he was. He turned the wheel, he honked the horn, __he put on such a show. The room was filled with smoky light __and braggadocio As cultures clash and leaders stall, __great fearfulness prevails. When people feel they’ve been left out, __then lo, their system fails. All people want to feel secure. __They want their qualms allayed. As leaders walk on shells of eggs, __the folks feel sore afraid. We feel compelled, we have to know __real answers, we implore. Please tell the truth and let us know, __Who’s that behind the door? . . R.M. Zimmerman is a poet based in North Carolina. He was born and raised in “the real Appalachia” and began writing poetry over 60 years ago.