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Locks in Poetry: Turn the Key and Open the Door


Tim Truzy is a poet, short-story author, and he is currently working on several novels.

Getting locked out can be a tough situation

Getting locked out can be a tough situation

Keeping the Doors Open

On several occasions, I’ve been accidentally locked out of my home, car, and work site. Essentially, my focus was elsewhere. For example, I’ve taken out garbage and locked myself out. Another instance involved stepping out of the car, locking the doors, and walking over to a beautiful sunrise scene. Although the first instance happened at 4:00 a.m., I was able to get help from the apartment manager. When my wife and I were locked out of our car, a county sheriff deputy was kind enough to assist us, pointing out the scene from the bridge could make anyone overjoyed and have memory failure. These are only a few situations where I didn’t remember my keys, but I’ve become more aware as I’ve grown older.

Truthfully, I have a bundle of keys I never let lay around, carrying them everywhere. But some of the best locksmiths I’ve known gave me greater abilities to unlock mysteries of the world. Two wonderful ladies worked tirelessly to help expand my spiritual being and my concept of community. I served with one of these noble women on a nonprofit board increasing access to the arts for people with disabilities. The other elderly lady prayed regularly with me when we attended worship services together. Although both women recently left this world, the doors they have opened in my heart remain. This poem is for them.

Occasionally, we all need a hand in reaching beyond our perspectives.

Occasionally, we all need a hand in reaching beyond our perspectives.

Questions to Contemplate

Currently, we are confronted with stressful events. Nevertheless, we must continue to make choices and survive. For these reasons, I’ve included questions a person may wish to ask when trying to decide if the anxiety he/she is experiencing shuts the door on good interactions and sound reasoning below. If feelings of anxiety continue for an extended period, seek professional mental health services. In addition, the last section of the article features interesting facts about locks and keys. Let your capacity to be humane be your guiding light in your endeavors.

  1. Are my fears based on verifiable facts?
  2. Will refusing to act on the thought result in what I want?
  3. Will I become harmed if I participate?
  4. Will others be in danger if I assist? What about if I don’t participate?
  5. Is the activity positive or legal?
  6. What will be the consequences of inaction?


We hold the keys to set our minds free

We hold the keys to set our minds free

Turn The Key and Unlock the Door

I sweep your tweets out the door with the street,

Broom a booming vortex swirling the heat,

Stars in merriment,

Rocking to the beat.

Lock out politics, “Lord knows they all cheat!”

Sun spun light web connecting the puns,

A habit of day to make the night run,

Planets uncaring,

Not the least bit stunned.

All that was built in vain will be undone.

I’ll take a walk and I’ll find time to talk,

Media on tube need not my mind stalk,

Stars in mourning,

My absence they balk.

Give my attention give back poppycock.

A reggae tune to dance by tarnished moon,

My soup soothing in my dull silver spoon,

Children chant the blues,

While feet pretend shoes.

Stars still bidding me they are the real news.

A virus swept unsuspecting to us,

Close the borders stop it with the dust,

Vaccines shine like rust,

Pandemic a bust.

Polio, malaria, measles touch.

I cycle through stories just recycled,

Nature narrates from motorcycle,

Stars say to hurry,

Not to be trifle.

Hold your post or just fall and be tribal.

Our inner peace comes from finding security with ourselves and others.

Our inner peace comes from finding security with ourselves and others.

We survived alive and still are thriving,

We have grand drive and that’s no jiving,

We have left before,

Yet still are arriving.

Heart rejects junk where TV goes diving.

Rhyming offends upended your dividends,

You claimed not bright enough to get me in,

Money is still made,

You want credit then?

I write from the light and I’ll begin again.

Ignore my vibes I’ll avoid your rich store,

The truth can rot like a festering sore.

Keep your screens off me,

Keep your eyes glued more.

Death is the story you want to destroy.

Life poked through with simple vaccination,

My writing desk tomorrow porch station,

And then there is this thing—

Looming sensation.

Living to love in spite of your dark spaces.

Give a hack a chance a clown a new stage,

Let children hold the keys to unlock cage,

I refuse to age,

Christ himself the Sage.

Channels are off-I’ve too much to gauge.

Fear can lead to a defensive posture instead of embracing others.

Fear can lead to a defensive posture instead of embracing others.


Symbolism and Interesting Facts about Locks and Keys

In literature and poetry, locks signify security or demonstrate a frightening situation. Locks symbolically show something being held in or kept out. Authors have used locks to symbolize marriage or love. On the other hand, keys can represent freedom or escape. Some works use keys in various forms to demonstrate the presence of opportunity, including intimacy. Below I’ve provided information about real locks and keys which you may find interesting.

  • Discovered in the ancient capital of Assyria, the oldest lock is dated to around four thousand years ago. But the pin lock originated in Egypt. These early locks were mostly made of wood. Later, Romans created from bronze and iron the tumbler which only allows a door to be unlocked from one side. Some theorize the invention occurred as a means to control women. However, in ancient Viking culture, women wore their husbands’ keys with their garments, demonstrating their status and power according to archaeological finds.
  • Coincidentally, in 1857, James Sargent created the first combination lock. In Russia, Pavlovo Arts College holds the world record for the largest padlock. Furthermore, the Empress of Russia, Catherine the Great (1729-1796), had an extensive lock collection. In colonial American history, locks were imported from other countries. In 1917, the mechanical duplication machine was created in the United States so a key could be copied. Mass production of locks began in the 19th-century in America with the industry being worth billions today globally.
  • Yet, access to locks in ancient times was expensive. For this reason, keys symbolized prosperity before and during biblical era and even until colonial times. In addition, the skeleton key receives its name because it is stripped down to essential components. Such a step allows a skeleton key to be used on various locks. Many may not know legendary magician, Harry Houdini (1874--1926), was a locksmith. The technological magic of biometrics occurs because a person’s face or fingerprints is used as the key to unlock devices.


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Eras, V. J. (2019). Locks and keys throughout the ages. Watchung, NJ: Artisan Ideas.

Pulford, G. (2007). High-security Mechanical Locks: An Encyclopedic Reference. Butterworth-Heinemann.

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Tim Truzy (author) from U.S.A. on July 07, 2020:

The funniest experience I’ve had with locks and keys was being locked in my office building one day. Apparently, I wasn’t paying attention to the time and the electronic locks sealed the exit. Luckily, there was a manual override which allowed me to use the emergency set of keys to get out. We never know when the lock is beyond our control. Thanks for visiting my article.

Tim Truzy (author) from U.S.A. on April 06, 2020:

We are performing garden work today. We had to go to the local hardware store to get more fencing materials and new keys. I can't help but remember one writer told me in some comments from another article that I was fond of taking the minor things and expanding on their meaning. That's the key to life. Gratitude.

Tim Truzy (author) from U.S.A. on April 06, 2020:

There is value in clearing those obstructions, for sure. Your visit is appreciated, Eric. Stay safe and blessed every day.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on April 06, 2020:

Great job Tim. Good to see you here. Locks that keep us in stink. Letting some unlock our doors and open them for us is sweetness.

Tim Truzy (author) from U.S.A. on April 02, 2020:

Truly astounding story. Nell, getting through those locks can be a hassle. Your visit is always appreciated. Love ya.

Tim Truzy (author) from U.S.A. on April 02, 2020:

Yesterday, we had to change a few outdoor locks around the property. I couldn’t help thinking how I’ve changed – I am more willing to open up to new ways of thinking, and that’s the thrust of this work. Thank you for reading.

Nell Rose from England on April 01, 2020:

Interesting facts, and great poems. It did remind me of the time I got locked out, had to get a ladder and shimmy up onto my balcony only to realise that actually I still didn't have my front door key as well as the Block! Keep safe.

Tim Truzy (author) from U.S.A. on March 30, 2020:

The most interesting tidbit of research I read on this topic is how Catherine the Great pardoned a locksmith after he made an elaborate lock for her. Locks can free as well as protect and imprison. I appreciate the visit.

Tim Truzy (author) from U.S.A. on March 30, 2020:

Thanks, Ms. Dora and Brenda. Locks and keys are certainly critical for our well-being. Be safe in these troubled times.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on March 30, 2020:

I've locked myself out a few times. Locked out again from the intricate details of this virus; so many things we still don't know. Thanks for the poem and the interesting facts about locks and keys.

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