Beach Day by Rodger Bliss
October 2022
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Locked Up

They keep me locked up, but I guess I’m thankful, in short. I hand out the beatings, while my neighbors import and export.
We make a good team, especially me as the muscle, But with two dozen guards, I’m glad we never tussle.
But really, I got a lot of my own connections. Imports and exports, with thousands of collections.
But between us, there’s really no competition, I call it harmonizing because we’re on the same mission.
No one is unnecessary, or, you know, too small. The guy upstairs is the boss of it all.
He’s also incarcerated, but for his good I bet it is. Business is good, so long as we get the messages.

Question:¬†Who’s doing the talking, and who are the other players in this riddle? (there are a total of 28, minus the narrator’s connections)

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2 guesses to Locked Up


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  • Rachel

    The speaker is the heart, the two dozen guards are the ribs, the guy upstairs is the brain and the neighbors are the lungs.

  • Dude

    The HEART is correct, Rachel.
    (1) is the one doing the talking. He is thankful to be “locked up” or guarded by the “two dozen guards,” the (24) ribs that normal humans have in 2 pairs. The ribs protect, and guard both the heart and the LUNGS. The LUNGS are the ‘neighbors’ (2) that have the job of “Importing” and “Exporting” Oxygen and Carbon Dioxide. The heart is- literally speaking- the muscle, and ‘hands out the beatings’ (heart beats). Of course, the heart itself has many “connections” or veins, arteries, and capillaries that “import” and “export” that valuable fluid we call blood. None of these members’ job is unnecessary, or small, and they never compete with each other because they have the one mission of keeping a person alive. And, last but not least, the “guy upstairs” who is “the boss of it all” is ‘incarcerated’ by-yes-the skull. He is none other than the BRAIN (1), which sends electrical messages to all the other members via nerves, which tell them what to do. Business is good so long as these messages are sent. If they aren’t, nothing is moving, and….well, then you’re DEAD. (28)

    You’re today’s winner.