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Author: Poetry of Ogden Nash Type: Poetry Views: 409

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There is a knocking in the skull,

An endless silent shout

Of something beating on a wall,

And crying, “Let me out!”

That solitary prisoner

Will never hear reply.

No comrade in eternity

Can hear the frantic cry.

No heart can share the terror

That haunts his monstrous dark.

The light that filters through the chinks

No other eye can mark.

When flesh is linked with eager flesh,

And words run warm and full,

I think that he is loneliest then,

The captive in the skull.

Caught in a mesh of living veins,

In cell of padded bone,

He loneliest is when he pretends

That he is not alone.

We'd free the incarcerate race of man

That such a doom endures

Could only you unlock my skull,

Or I creep into yours.


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This poem is likely about secrets or about our inability to communicate effectively.

| Posted on 2014-10-24 | by a guest

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So the grammar may not be perfect, but that only adds to the poem's overall effect. This happens to be one of my favorite poems because it really makes you think about all of the different meanings it could have. I think its about our inner person, the one who is stuck in our heads and we struggle to keep quiet...the REAL us. The last four lines are probably the most significant, and I completely agree with them. Humans really do enslave themselves by bending to society's ideals. If only humans would let themselves be who they really are, as opposed to who society expects them to be, we would then be truly free.

| Posted on 2008-04-15 | by a guest

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I find this poem a tad...interesting. Way to portray your disjointed, confused mind with words and bad grammar. I did enjoy the image that it drew in the mind of the reader although I do believe that the disjointed thoughts brought about too much of a realization of my mind that I already knew. So...overall I believe that this piece could have used a little more emphasis on the squirellish aspect of the human bullet-train thought patterns. Not to mention the chimp that drives the train.
Sincerely, the Chimp.

| Posted on 2005-03-04 | by Approved Guest

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