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Gyppo
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Double locking. (A lighter moment.)

Post by Gyppo » Sat Jan 11, 2020 9:28 pm

In my house I pulled the door,
it clicked behind me,
and it was locked.
Secure enough.
Well, nobody ever robbed me,
but it wasn't just the lock.

I had a quiet reputation.
A decent enough chap,
but not one to mess with.
Just like my Father.

People came to him for help,
but they never brought trouble.

In my pensioner's bungalow
I have what they call a 'double lock'.
It's supposedly more secure.
When I locked myself out
I had to send for a locksmith.

It feels like winding a toy train.

Gyppo
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Re: Double locking. (A lighter moment.)

Post by Tracy Mitchell » Sun Jan 12, 2020 2:35 am

Nice.  This reminds me of how I regard my own cyber-security.  I feel like I am such a low-level potential target as it to be a non-issue, and yet the password protections seem in practice to only protect my content from me.  :D

T

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Re: Double locking. (A lighter moment.)

Post by Wren Tuatha » Sun Jan 12, 2020 7:52 pm

I see the disclaimer--(A lighter moment) but after reading this, I and curious to get the implied action. What happens if someone brings trouble? Presumably, someone did once, thus the father's reputation was earned. Or, what trouble is feared? What trouble knocks on neighboring doors? Will we get a sequel? Thanks for sharing!  Wren

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Re: Double locking. (A lighter moment.)

Post by Gyppo » Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:10 am

Hi, Wren,  thanks for dropping in.

The lighter moment was just in comparison to a couple of my more recent postings.

There probably won't be a sequel.

Trouble is turned away.  Usually gently, sometimes more abruptly, but always quickly.

Trouble usually, but fortunately rarely, comes in the form of drunks and drug-addled folks who forget where they live.  And even more rarely a screaming girl shouting for help in the street outside.  Dad rescued one, and I rescued another several years later.

All the above is true, but 'Double Locking' was really more of a wry and lightweight look at how some minor irritations, such as having to turn the key two and a half times and then wind it back half a turn to remove it can really begin to jar after a while.  Getting back in is just as tedious ;-)

The house lock was just a quarter turn either way.

Feel free to call me a moaning old bugger ;-)

Gyppo
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Re: Double locking. (A lighter moment.)

Post by Matty11 » Tue Jan 14, 2020 3:05 am

Hi G.,
        A bit like Wren, and despite the disclaimer, my thoughts wandered beyond the lighter moment to that locked-in aspect of N. and father - the not one to mess with. And then to the vulnerability of 'pensioners'. The childhood reference to end on was nicely light, but also nudged to lighter times.

best

Phil

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Re: Double locking. (A lighter moment.)

Post by Sharon Leigh » Thu Jan 16, 2020 4:49 am

Really enjoyed this, and it's likely just me and my single woman/introverted neurosis but the first stanza was actually pleasingly satisfying to me (the action and sound of the first four lines, of the locking...nice) I adore the sensation of safety. Love the entire! 
"This creature of the poem may assemble itself into a being with its own centrifugal force."-- Sharon Olds

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