Poem with an explanation: Disillusionment

The walls are strong and permanent,
and feel as if they have substance and weight,
they form the room,
and can be leaned against,
and pushed,
but they seem as if it could not affect them,
they seemed as if they were timeless,
as if they were in some way,
fundamental.
But there’s a time,
when for some reason,
the wall is damaged,
and looking inside,
at powder and paper,
brings a doubt.
But then there’s a time,
when carpet is lifted,
and concrete is shown,
with strips of tack,
and there’s a doubt.
But then,
at some point,
there’s a time,
when the wall is taken down,
with a hammer and a saw,
and it’s in pieces,
and chunks,
that fill wheel barrows.
And there’s a realization,
the wall appeared to be solid,
it appeared to have substance and weight,
it appeared to form the room,
it seemed as if it could stand,
and not be affected,
as if it was timeless,
as if it was fundamental,
but,
this was not true,
the wall was not timeless,
it was not permanent,
it was not a given,
it was not fundamental,
it was built,
by hands,
and it could,
be moved,
and changed,
and torn down.
The wall,
was not solid.
The wall was not really there.

 

As given by the title, this poem is about disillusionment.  In this case, the idea of disillusionment is presented using the metaphor of a wall in a house.  If thought is not given to a wall in a house, it can, in some ways, seem like a permanent thing.  Yet, when a wall is damaged, or moved, or torn down, there is a realization that it has no permanence.  While before, a wall may have seemed in some way to be fundamental, once something happens to it, there is a realization that it is not.  This is, in a sense, a disillusionment.  The idea of a wall was used in the poem as a metaphor to present the idea of disillusionment.

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