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i, mary

February 7, 2018
By JuniperProductions PLATINUM, Stafford, Virginia
JuniperProductions PLATINUM, Stafford, Virginia
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Favorite Quote:
An old man told his grandson, "There is a fight between two wolves inside of us. One is bad-- it is lust, pried, and lies. The other is good-- love, caring and humility." The boy thought for a moment and asked, "Which one wins?" "The one you feed."

rename me mary,
i am your marionette,
a puppet on strings
woven through my flesh,
tying me to a stranger’s control.

call me your doll
for i am stiff and silent
afraid of breaking,
made of cracking porcelain;
i am still until you force me.

form me of clay,
your beating used to sculpt me,
your harshness and vision
bruising my shape;
i am whole until you make me.

rename me mary,
for i am stiff and silent;
your harshness and vision
woven through my flesh;
i am still until you force me.

i am whole until you make me.

The author's comments:

this piece is about trying to live up to others' expectations, and the costs of holding yourself to their standards.

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