Poem -

The Paper Menagerie

The Paper Menagerie

Few would ever hold her heart 
Gingerly in their hand
To feel her secrets spin like glass
Most would pass with curious glance
Yet miss her martyred mystery 
Like a wild animal in captivity
On display for a philanderer's philanthropy
A merry-go-round creature
Staged to play in a menagerie 
She's seductive in how she sways
Uninhibited in spirit 
Refusing to be broken
Dancing  an origami unicorn prance
Unrestrained, completely changed
Somewhere along the way
When embraced by God's grace
Revealing who she truly is
Beyond the crippling cage
And the world's constrictive sieve
Which sifted through her guilt and sin
Where within, the writhing animal lives
Finally ready to fight and break free
Away from the enemy's entrapment 
Which preys on her fragility 
In the paper menagerie
 
 

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Cherie Leigh

Hi Greg...Thank you!  I rewrote this one that I had posted before....It needed work, and I hope it is better now....I like to create scenes that others can use their own imagination about what it is about....but maybe create a   mood....I appreciate your support. 

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Greg Etsell

its always great when you can do that 
when did you frist write this poem 
still its great 

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Jill Tait

Awww I adore your paper menagerie Cherie & love your imagination ❤️❤️❤️

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Cherie Leigh

HI Jill...I appreciate that.  I wanted to post something different...lol  I like paper origami and it seemed to fit in with a story I had in my mind of a woman being repressed like a menagerie animal...I always love seeing you grace my pages.  Love and hugs...xo ;)

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Jill Tait

I absolutely love origami too lol so fun luv ❤️❤️❤️

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A Lonely Journey

Cheerie, 
Simply stunning! Such a beautiful portrayal of an incredibly beautiful creature(you) trapped in a cruel, and unfeeling, difficult world. Brilliant writing, my friend. You're amazing! I love the way you encapsulated the beauty of the unicorn within the dark world(albeit, it's sad), but it's quite beautiful, and yet there's hope for the beauty at the end.
I wish I could write like that! 
I think my favorite lines are: 

'Few would ever hold her heart 
Gingerly in their hand' 
So pretty. 

and: 

'Which preys on her fragility 
In the paper menagerie' 

But the entire poem is gorgeously worded. 

Beautiful, as always, my incredible friend. 

Love and hugs, 

Matthew. 

 

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Cherie Leigh

Hi dear friend,
Thank you!  This is an older poem that I made changes as a re-write to hopefully get it better.  I like the imagery of origami and of course unicorns...lol...a creature that has magical powers that are misunderstood...just like people can be misunderstood or mistreated for their gifts or differences from the world.  I appreciate how you tell me what you like best in my verses...Bless you, Matthew.  xo Love n Hugs ;) 

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Nigel Cresswell

Well Cherie I missed this first time round. Brilliant. 
I know that it was probably not intended but the image I have is from the original Blade Runner. 

It's a shame she won't live.
But then who does 

Then the origami unicorn left when he goes to Rachel. 
Great poem, pinned. 
Nigel 

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Cherie Leigh

Hi Nigel.  What a neat comparison!  That is one of Tony's favorite moveis...lol.  I am always honored to have your support.  Thank you for all your original comments.  xo  ;)

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Marion Price

Powerful imagery Cherie and a lovely write of triumph over adversity ....you can chain the body but not the spirit ( at least that's how it spoke to me...really enjoyed reading 💕

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Cherie Leigh

Hi Marion....Thank you!  I think your summation is pretty spot on!  I thoguht this one would be a bit ambiguous, but you are ever clever...lol  I am honored to get your comments and insight.  You are very discerning in your assessments of my work.  xo ;)

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Katina Woodruff...

Incredible figurative  language and imagery. The Paper Menagerie, is a perfect title. Great work Cherie, I'm a huge fan!
Favorite line

To feel her secrets spin like glass

Wow, this is a powerful line. To me, it sounds like a young woman who is in her prime, has had a lot of time to reflect on life, it's mysteries and about her personal growth as a woman -- finding faith, being led, but also coming in her own way, while taking a new adventure in her life. 

Again, great work! 

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Cherie Leigh

HI katina...Thank you.  I am so glad to hear your thoughts on my poem...I think I learn about my poetry by your commentary...lol  I love your analysis of what you saw in my write....I am honored to have you tell me what you like.  Bless you.  xo ;)

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GREG TUCKER

Your stuff is getting better and better.

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Cherie Leigh

Thank  you, Greg.  I think as long as I have been on Cosmo, and writing every day, I sure hope to keep improving and learning...as I have seen your work become amazing!  I see the care you are putting into it, and that should be all of our goals that love to write...to simply keep improving to inspire others and offer something unique to our own contribution.  Bless you. xo ;)

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Cherie Leigh

Hi Edward!  Thank you so much!  Nice to see you on Cosmofunnel and on my page!  I am appreciative of your support.  This is a poem that I reworked to hopefully make it much better now.   xo ;)

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Cherie Leigh

Hi  Anwer....Thank you so much!  I appreciate you taking the time to read and comment.  This is a poem I reworked and hope it is better now...I am happy you found it beautiful.  xo ;)

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Larry Ran

My Dear Cherie,

This menagerie of paper, once was made of glass
It threatened the promised future, of a very lovely lass
But she saw through the panes of impurity, paper changed then to
It took but only three words, her Soulmate said "I love you"

All my love,
Larry xxx

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Cherie Leigh

That's a beautiful response, dear Larry.  I have such empathy for anyone who has gone through abuse or neglect and left in a fragile state...but the spirit is mightier than the flesh....That is what this poem is about.  I envisioned an origami unicorn.....a work of art but still fragile....Thank you for all your lovely verses.  xo Love n Hugs, ;)

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