A Poem, Pluck These Strings

I wrote this poem yesterday. It just came to me out of nowhere, so I just decided to go along for the ride. It follows the grueling grind of a puppet’s life and its personal struggle.

With a tug and pull, I’m brought to life
I’ve danced for peasants and kings
I do not want to live this strife
Forced to wear a smile but bound by strings
People laugh at me, not with me
My pride is in your praise
That’s why I dance around with glee
And keep this proud steady gaze
I want to pluck my strings ever so much
For if I do so, I’ll cease to exist
They are my lifeline, so I must not touch
It is so tempting, but I must resist
My time has come to an end; back in the box I go
If only I could pluck these strings before the next show

Let me know what you think!
Thanks for reading!

Travis J. McRoy 2021 All Rights Reserved

45 thoughts on “A Poem, Pluck These Strings

  1. Many metaphors in this one. I suppose that is true of all of your poems.
    I love when poems show up out of the blue and take us on an unexpected ride.
    Those are the best kind and what makes writing poetry so magical. ✨
    Well done!

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    1. Yes! There sure are a lot metaphors in all of my poems. It was something else, I was actually writing another poem, and the thought of being a puppet in the world came to mind. So I switched gears and this little nugget was born. Thank you so much for reading! I’m glad you liked it. 🤗

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    1. Awesome! I’m glad you loved it. The inspiration for this one struck while I was writing an entirely different poem. I had to stop, make a few notes for the other poem, and then let the overwhelming inspiration flow. I said to myself “eh, why fight it just go with it!” Thank you! 🤗

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      1. I fear ghosts Travis. But in the last few days my mindset changed. I feel confident to talk about the topic and read poems on them.

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