off the wall

the wall

 

i’ve been thinking about
the expression
‘off the wall’—
what does it really mean?
like so many expressions
people say it without thinking
to mean ‘different’ or
‘extreme’—

but looking closely at the image
it paints
does it mean,
like a picture,
that has floated, frame and all,
off the wall?

or is it more like someone
a-straddle Hadrian’s (or another) wall
who has finally decided
which way to jump?

or is it like a waffle, syrup and all
that was thrown against the wall
and refuses to stick?
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