WALLS WITHIN WALLS

WALLS WITHIN WALLS

A Poem by Willys Watson

Walls Within Walls

For most of us
the construction began in early childhood,
an intuitive defense mechanism,
to cope with being deemed too short or too tall,
too bright or too dim, too cute or too plain, too
large or too small.

Tools of the trade,
employed by parents, siblings and playmates,
were both inherited and fabricated,
as needs arose, and mandated to install 
protective foundations, so ordained as our
walls within walls.

With only a
few strong souls brave enough to venture beyond
the barriers, the construction continued
for the rest of us as defined social cures
required to justify perceived shortcomings
in our structures.

Must we follow 
those who conceived the earliest prototypes,
commissioned the plans, dictated the dogmas 
that stifled our light? Or can’t we embrace flaws
in the perfectly imperfect so we might
tear down the walls?

© 2021 Willys Watson


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A lot of people can relate to this poem. Walls need to be broken down. People need to learn to be kind to one another, but in this world, there will always be walls! very well written!

Posted 3 Months Ago



"With only a
few strong souls brave enough to venture beyond
the barriers, the construction continued
for the rest of us as defined social cures
required to justify perceived shortcomings
in our structures."


Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

We sure do sir. We build those walls within walls for many reasons; survival, protection, inclusion, exclusion are some that come to mind. Also, some like privacy or trying to hide things from others.
Poem with a prudent message sir.

Posted 6 Months Ago


Walls are interesting things. The majority of them we construct ourselves, but some are constructed for us. They are designed for us to "fit" into or rather to force us to conform to the small space that they occupy.

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

I like the concept of this poem which asks of us to self reflect the barriers we individually have. Madness is probably our most liberating state of mind. Thank you for sharing your art.

Posted 9 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.


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Added on August 14, 2021
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Tags: Rising Above, Stereotyping, Childhood

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Willys Watson
Willys Watson

Los Angeles, CA



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