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The Shut-in

and What Mary Shelley Saw

By C. Rommial ButlerPublished 2 months ago 1 min read
Photo by cottonbro studio: https://www.pexels.com/photo/sinister-clown-waving-on-a-shattered-window-5427539/

The Shut-in

Peek through the peephole.

Behold the ghosts

Of childhood shadows.


Hungry. Alone. Forever.

Forever hungry and alone.



By a cold disregard

For the passage of time.


The frozen branch breaks

From wind and weight,

And a burning desire

To escape the ice

And be consumed…

Renewed by the fire?


Old and brittle,

Far removed

From roots

Planted firmly

In sour ground.

A sallow creature

Peers out from behind

The closed door

And wonders

In tranquil splendor

At the fading spirits

Wandering, wondering

At the wandering spirits

Fading, wondering

At the dance that dies

In the hallowed hearts

Of lonely, broken men.

***** * *****

Abortions of Consciousness

In attempting to avoid the pangs of self-realization, we destroy the self before it is born, and have the audacity to call this love.

***** * *****

What Mary Shelley Saw

At the end

Of her story

The monster


Into the waste.


It was not a fiend

But a blind

Force of nature


By an unwitting



She cannot see

The Good Doctor


Only the man

And his ambition.


She understands

His failure

Because she shares

His good intentions.


Let’s be Frank:

We don’t know

What we’re doing.

Let’s be Frank:

We’re making it up

As we go along.

Let’s be Frank:

I ain’t here

To sell you nothin’!

I’m just here

To sing my song

Until I’m gone…

My song! Get it while it's hot, or at least before the body gets cold...

surreal poetryFree Verse

About the Creator

C. Rommial Butler

C. Rommial Butler is a writer, musician and philosopher from Indianapolis, IN. His works can be found online through multiple streaming services and booksellers.

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  • Jay Kantorabout a month ago

    Hi-C ~ We always seem to relate with our reach-backs. May I introduce my Brother to you featured in "Twins"...you may 'relate' to this one. j.in.l.a.

  • All three of these were amazing! My favourite was Abortions of Consciousness. I had to read it a few times to take it all in!

  • Gerard DiLeo2 months ago

    Let's be frank, great write.

  • Robbie Newport2 months ago

    Haunting picture, geez!

  • Babs Iverson2 months ago


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