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A Forlorn Tiger Loses Her Stripes

A Forlorn Tiger Loses Her Stripes

A swipe and a snipe never heals right
This tiger relinquishes her fight
There’s no will or thrill in hobbled steps
A broken spirit recounts regrets 

A pool of perdition packs a punch
Her hope is honed on only a hunch
That bars of guilt were built for her cage
She weighs escape in this world of rage

Her jump-started heart pares ‘til jilted
Mimicking life, with spirit wilted
A gauche stare replaces her soft gaze
Claws retract, bewildered at this phase

Fierceness falls silent, never a roar
Love’s sentiments puddle on the floor
Emotional wounds need wonder wipes 
A forlorn tiger loses her stripes
 

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al Bikaadi

Wow... What a remarkable write up! Such uniquely rhymed words. And so much imagery packed tightly to convey the complexity of her predicament. Quite melancholy-- I just want to set her free upon a safe reserve with a loving clan. "Purrrrr..."

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Cherie Leigh

HI Al...Oh thank,you.  I see you have a tender heart too....I cannot stand to see animals suffer in any way.....and I think I used this tiger's predicament to be more metaphorical for anyone who feels trapped, controlled, abused, or neglected....losing that spark in life...or in the tiger's case, losing her stripes.  I found the picture and it spoke to me.  Thank you for your kind comments.  xo ;)  Cherie  ;0 

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Greg Etsell

what great right I hate to see animals
get hurt any kind I hate zoos all
things sea world or thing  like this
every animals  should be put back in wild
I don't like zoo bec people are so mean they
and thow peanut  and popcorn and call them
all kinds names
I'd like  go to some one house and do the same just see how
they like it

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Cherie Leigh

Hi Greg...I know what you mean!  I do not like to see animals kept in small cages for captivity....when they want to be in their  natural environment.  the only zoo I am okay with is one here where they rescue hurt wildlife that would otherwise die, and nurse them back to health and give them as natural of an environment as possible with things they like yet keep them safe since they could not make it on their own in the wild.  People can be mistreated too and feel like they are in a cage...I used this as a metaphor for both actual animals and for those who feel like animals losing their stripes with a broken spirit.  Thanks for your valued comments, my friend. xo Love n Hugs ;) 

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Jill Tait

Wowsas so good Cherie I loved your brilliant imagery 💕💕💕

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Cherie Leigh

Hi Jill...Thank you so much.  I am an animal lover, and it is easy for me to relate to their emotions...I found the picture and it just spoke to me.  I appreciate your support. Love n Hugs, ;) xo    

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Jill Tait

Yes I love pictures they inspire me greatly too xxx

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Cherie Leigh

Sometimes, when I am conflicted in my writing, I can find a picture that just all of a sudden inspires me and the story comes out that I feel from it.  I like the pictures you choose for your writes.  They can really complement a write. xo ;) 

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Jill Tait

Usually i write then choose pic but luv otherway round too xxx

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Cherie Leigh

Me too...but sometimes I get stumped and need to bring out the emotions in me that come when looking at a picture....Finding the picture sometimes is the hardest part after a poem is written.... to find the right one to fit the theme of it in imagery.  xo

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Jill Tait

Yes sometimes the picture i pick Cosmo wont let me use xxxx

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Cherie Leigh

Yeah...It has to be in Jpeg format and also not too large...and I have to crop my pictures sometimes to make them fit better because of the horizontal frame Cosmofunnel uses now for pictures.  It is tricky. ;)

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Jill Tait

Yep I just pick another but its a bit of a nuisance lol xxx

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Leah Cabael Yodico

I'm loving this;  the imagery,  metaphor, lack of verbosity,  the choice of vocabulary and rhymes.
One of your masterpieces. 
Thanks for sharing 😏🌷

Hugs
Leah
 

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Cherie Leigh

HI Leah....Thank you.  I am so honored by your words.  I am glad that you liked my word choices and rhymes....and that it was not too verbose...which I can sometimes do when wanting to describe a scene...This one wrote itself by the picture.  Thank you for your sweet compliments and support. xo Love n Hugs

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A Lonely Journey

Wow, Cheerie, 
So powerfully sad. You never cease to amaze me with your different styles, and brilliant usage of metaphorical figures. I absolutely love writing like that. I think maybe because besides making you feel the emotion, it also makes your mind think, and you always pen them so beautifully. 
You're a gifted person, and a gift to us all on Cosmo. 
Wonderful! 

L&H, 
Matthew. 

PS. 'bars of guilt were built for her cage, she weighs escape in this world of rage.' Brilliant! 

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Cherie Leigh

Hi Matthew, 
I think I worry that my poems will start all sounding alike if I do not challenge myself and try to write in different styles.  I quite often write using metaphors....as it is a great way to have multiple meanings and create imagery too.  I am all about the emotions coming through my poetry, and I appreciate that you get that.  Thank you!  I apprecite the line that stood out for you as well...that always helps me.   Love n Hugs, xo Cheerie  ;)   

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A Lonely Journey

Don't worry about that, young lady, your poems are a magical, expanding world of beauty in which we'd all love to live. You're smart, and kind, and creative. You could write a poem about a yak, and make it incredible! 
Oooooo! New contest! LOL. 
Awesome! 
Matthew. 

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Cherie Leigh

Thank you!  ;)  Oh please don't make us all write about a yak...as you would win hands down, because yaks are a part of your everyday life and comfort zone and you have a unfair advantage. Lol xo ;)   

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A Lonely Journey

Cheerie! 
Yaks are amazing creatures, and I think everyone should write of them. They have been around for over 3 billion years, and yet they still look pretty good! They have that really long, scraggly hair for a reason, too(not just because they're too lazy to get a haircut, although many of them complain that 'it's too hard to get a cab all the way down there!' a lot). It serves as a source of warmth in the winter, and as a fashion statement during the spring runway shows. 
In ancient times, the Aztec Indians believed yaks were sacred, and often wore t-shirts with the slogan 'I Heart Yaks' upon them. Yaks are also prominent in Renaissance literature, and even William Shakespeare wrote of them in his play The Taming of the Yak, which, much to his chagrin, his editors changed to The Taming of the Shrew, later. Yaks were also the inspiration for the English word 'yak', meaning to heave, or throw up, as they often regurgitated on the ground(especially after a long night out with the boys). Yaks invented knitting, caramelized apples, fencing, shrouds, Colonel Klink, festoons, Army tanks, Mariette Hartley, and monkey intestines! 
So, as you can see, yaks are a large part of the world as it is today. So get writing, young lady! Yaks forever! 
L&H, 
M. 

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Cherie Leigh

Lol....I can almost believe all that is true the way you just state it all so emphatically and with such humor unwittingly....yet with intention in truth....lol  Did that make sense?  Anyway, it is OBVIOUS that you are the official (yet totally untrue) expert on yak behaviors and personalities and history and would have the clear advantage on writing about them...Now, I am truly an animal lover and find the yak's mop top look quite endearing and I would NEVER criticize their fashion tastes...only their stinkyness a bit.  Sorry.  Anyway, Jill has officially announced that our next subject to compete in is "Moonlight" and I feel very confident that I can at least come up with something more of my romantic genre to use  moonlight in...Yaks, not so much.  Sorry.  I will leave their  capture in poetry to you....the expert.  You are appreciated for your enamored fascination with them.  Love n Hugs, Cheerie ;)  

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A Lonely Journey

Thank you, Cheerie! You get me, and I appreciate it. 
What about a yak in the moonlight, though? Kind of combine the two? 
Here's a starting line: 
'I gazed upon the moonlight true, 
Is that a yak there behind you??!!' 

You can use that if you like. 

Thanks! 
M. 

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Cherie Leigh

Lol....That is umm....sort of romantic...(not really) but I am not sure where that would go....lol  It seems kind of creepy that a yak would interrupt a romantic moment in moonlight...but somehow I imagine you could make it memorable...lol  Thanks for making me laugh...I needed that. xo ;)  

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Larry Ran

My Dear Cherie,

In her cage, the Tiger paces
Forlorn, and oh so sad
Her freedom newly taken
Is driving her so mad

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Mankind has stripped her beauty
For a vast financial gain
Ne'er again to roam the forest
He has brought her eternal pain

All my love,
Larry xxx

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Cherie Leigh

HI dear Larry....Your verses are sadder than mine...lol...I am a huge animal lover and hate for anyone or anything to suffer in this world.  We should live with compassionate hearts and take care of every living thing that God entrusted us with in His creations to love.  Every life has meaning, purpose, and value in this world.  I found the picture and it just spoke to me...Thank you for your sensitive verses.  Love n Hugs, xo ;)

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Tony Owen

Hi Cherie. A beautiful and very moving poem, emotionally stimulating and a joy to read. Thank you for sharing. Truly an ace in your craft. ;)

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