‘The Walls’ (scary poem for Halloween)

I write more poetry around Nick and Sarah than I thought I did. When I was looking through my iPod, I found a poem about claustrophobia, which I occasionally have. Allegedly it was written on September 17.

I said I wanted to write something, but couldn’t decide on a topic. Nick said to write about the walls, so I did. This poem is a little bit inspired by the trash compactor scene from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.


In my poem, though, I more imagined all walls moving in simultaneously instead of just two on opposite sides of the room. Here it is:

The Walls
by Maggie McGinity

The walls are closing in around me
Brick and mortar now surround me
Suffocating in this space, I
Wonder if they’ll find a trace

No one is coming to save me
This is what the wanting gave me
The walls are closing in around me
Never know who would have found me”


“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”
-Franklin Delano Roosevelt


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