The walls slam down,

the door clangs closed;

solitary confinement

for crimes undisclosed.


Shut in or shut out; it’s all a matter of perspective.

Submitted: March 03, 2019

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Mike S.

Sad but excellent, Hull!

Sun, March 3rd, 2019 7:14pm


Thanks, Mike. I scribbled it on a piece of paper last night, just before I went to bed.

Sun, March 3rd, 2019 11:24am

moa rider

Even the rich in their gated communities are locked in Mama Hullabaloo. Usianguke

Sun, March 3rd, 2019 7:33pm


Very true, Moa. Thanks for reading.

Sun, March 3rd, 2019 12:06pm


I like it. Nice job, Hull

Sun, March 3rd, 2019 7:57pm


Thanks, jmm.

Sun, March 3rd, 2019 12:09pm

Jeff Bezaire

That it is. Some people do better confined in a prison - they can discover their purpose, block out society's expectations and focus on themselves and their goals, while others fall apart when trapped in a cell, feeling like everything's come to an end. It's all about the person and perspective. Fantastic writing, Hully!

Sun, March 3rd, 2019 9:30pm


Thanks, Jeff. It's about being shut in or shutting everyone else out, as well. I scribbled it down on paper last night with the idea of adding to it then decided it already said what I wanted it to.

Sun, March 3rd, 2019 2:01pm

Bert Broomberg

Good poem. Like Einstein said: 'It's all relative.'

Sun, March 3rd, 2019 9:42pm


Thanks, Bert.

Sun, March 3rd, 2019 2:04pm

Sue Harris

Brief but profound! Excellent, Hully!

Sun, March 3rd, 2019 9:58pm


Thanks, Sue!

Sun, March 3rd, 2019 2:07pm

Luna Abbot

I'm thinking "shut in."
It's funny, both shutting in or out are both things people do on their own.

Mon, March 4th, 2019 4:26am


That's very true, Luna, but sometimes they get more than a little help.
Thanks so much for giving this a read.

Mon, March 4th, 2019 4:22am

Melancholic Wisdom

An excellent poem that gets you thinking about how perspective can change things

Mon, March 4th, 2019 6:14am


Thanks, MW. I was planning on adding to it, but I thought it said what I meant as it was.

Mon, March 4th, 2019 4:24am

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