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Liminal Spaces

A Message from the In-Between

By Bex JordanPublished about a month ago 1 min read
Runner-Up in Full Moon Challenge
A Train Station at Night

I've been pondering upon

Liminal spaces,

Those in-between places

That are not quite real

And seem out of sync

With time and tide,

The allies and backdoors

And breezeways that serve

As passage for people

Who are coming and going;

A train station at night

Or towns that exist merely

As respite for travelers

Who rarely stay long

But leave fingerprints and

Impressions that stain,

Ghosts against the grain.

There's a feeling of foreboding in

Deadends and abandoned attics–

You must mind your footing

Lest you fall through the cracks,

Disappear into the Neverwhere,

Forgotten, a dream that fades

At break of dawn.


I think maybe I need to

Find myself in one of these

Lost places, in order

To rewrite my story.

Because I'm tired of

The self, the image, the ego,

I'd like to rebuild

From scratch the world

Society provided for me.

Yearning for holy deconstruction,

An unlearning of

Preconceived notions

That no longer serve.

I'm ready to forget

All the rules and walls I've

Set up, surrounded by expectations

And regret. I'm more than

They thought, and I want to

Release the idea of 'enough.'

So, excuse me while I

Step inside this mushroom ring,

Feast on pomegranate,

And surrender my name

To the first fae I meet.

Allies and Backdoors and Breezeways (oh, my)

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About the Creator

Bex Jordan

She/They. Writer. Gardener. Cat-Lover. Nerd. Always looking up at the sky or down at the ground.

Profile photo by Román Anaya (https://www.roman-anaya.com/).

Instagram: @UmaSabirah

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  • Alison McBain5 days ago

    I love the emotional journey in this poem - it starts us off with displacement, emptiness and ends with embracing the magical. Lovely! And congrats on the contest, Bex.

  • Caroline Jane7 days ago


  • E.K. Daniels10 days ago

    It's not every day you read of liminal spaces and faery rings. Intriguing and beautiful, and a lesson we can all learn for growth. Subscribed, and looking forward to more!

  • Allie Bickerton11 days ago

    Through re-reading this multiple times I relate to it more intensely. Perhaps you’ve found a way to put into words the stagnant feeling I’ve felt in my own life for years. I now identify with the last few years of my life as being trapped in the Neverwhere. You’ve reassured me that being on this journey through the Neverwhere was and is necessary and meaningful and a part of me now… that everything is going to be okay.

  • Allie Bickerton11 days ago

    I never saw the ending coming and I’m in love. I’ve recently watched some videos on the explanation of liminal spaces. I enjoyed the excellence of the words you have curated on the topic. Very deep and personal.. there’s depth to it that I don’t fully understand and I appreciate that.

  • Ward Norcutt11 days ago

    A trip to take, indeed. This is in interesting and entertaining read!

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  • i really can relate, great composition!

  • Daniella Liberoabout a month ago

    A great poem to read in the early hours in a rain storm when you're experiencing some existential angst yourself. Powerful images and an elegant clarity. I really like the cadence produced by your line breaks and syllable patterns. Well done!( creepy ending - will we or you really know who you are anymore ?)

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  • Seni Haksabout a month ago

    Creepy but an interesting poem good on you.

  • Manpreet Singh Bhinderabout a month ago

    Awesome poem.

  • Erica Wagnerabout a month ago

    Very much enjoyed this poem — read in the liminal space of new year.

  • Stephanie J. Bradberryabout a month ago

    Lovely and oh so relateable!

  • Melissa Ingoldsbyabout a month ago

    Absolutely astonishing, I’m in awe

  • Aphoticabout a month ago

    This is great! I only just recently learned about the concept of liminal space, but this is really well-written. I love the way you connected it to feelings of being stuck/tired and depicting the liminal spaces as some sort of erasure or reset from the world. At least that was one of the ways I interpreted it. This is deep and thought-provoking, I love it!

  • hammad sattarabout a month ago


  • Doc Sherwoodabout a month ago

    Great poem, Bex! Anthropologically, Arnold van Gennep is the one to read on the cultural significance of liminal space. I love "backdoors" in your first stanza, because the word liminal is derived from the Greek, "limes" (pronounced with two syllables) meaning "doorposts." Speaking of the Greeks, your classical allusion to the pomegranate in stanza two is just perfect, as the myths associate that fruit with passing between worlds. I'm sure you're aware of the above, but I just wanted to note it here so that other Vocal readers would see how carefully crafted is your poem!

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  • Kali Mailhotabout a month ago

    Love this!

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