Cut off

the strings.

Slack with freedom,

Unsure how to hold herself up

Lack of power

Held for

Too long.


Welcome to

Show business.

Sequins, glitter, applause, and delight

Pieces given away

Holes to fill remain bare

Sold on the crowd

Not the game.




Unseen powers

Snaked through good will

Both blind, marionette and boss

Manipulate words, contrive moves

Chess plays,

Control shifts


Strings cut,

Whisper falls

Promises remembered fold down

Heaping pieces

Which to cling to? Which to let go?

A gulp of air,

One step forward


No more a puppet, yet

Wary to move onward.



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