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Below is the poem entitled THE BROKEN DOLL which was written by poet cherl dunn. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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Walls of silence hold,
 Me prisoner,
The child held within,
 Cries out for release.
Relative solitude comforts, 
Not the tortured soul,
Inward coiling withdrawing,
 Deep inside. 
Shedding its outer skins,
Layer thus preserving its,
 Inner being.
Innocents shroud lies in ruins.
Gentle spirit, cast aside wings,
 Damaged appendages.
The fallen angel kneels in,
Shadows before mankind.
Unanswered prays rest upon,
 Deaf ears.
Muted sobs, echo on stilled,
 Winds breath.
Hardening to stone, the
 Chilled heart
 Reflects frozen repose.
Forgotten amongst mine own,
Childhood symbolizes a betrayed,
 Victim’s refuge.
Small fragile hands reach out,
 Into nothingness,
Hollow space grasping into,
Chained shackles twist,
 Imaginations warped view,
Somber tones cloud troubled,
Amidst life's trials, I'm aimlessly,
Without any form of stability.
I, alone remain shambles,
Displaced and damaged,
Beyond repair.
A broken doll thrown away,
By those who should have, 
Cared for her the most.


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  1. Date: 9/23/2014 7:46:00 PM
    Came back to read this again, & fav thank you. Light & Love

  1. Date: 6/11/2014 10:16:00 PM
    Too many broken dolls hon, too many, BUt sometimes we become stronger than the breakers ever thought possible and come away with nothing but pity for THEM. Light & Love

  1. Date: 5/20/2014 10:54:00 PM
    Hi Cheryl, I'm just now getting around to reading your material. Nice tribute to Poe and the American Indian. The Broken Doll is great. Very vivid images, strong passion, nice textures and language usage and a very compelling write. Keep up the great work. Take care. Earl

  1. Date: 2/9/2014 7:49:00 AM
    Very interesting theme and nice take on it. congrats on the win, cherl

  1. Date: 2/8/2014 11:48:00 AM
    Oh I am so sorry. Congratulations on your win. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 1/25/2014 9:05:00 PM
    Cherl, this is epic and deep. A perfect 7, and a fav. SKAT

  1. Date: 1/11/2014 8:13:00 AM
    Cherl Such a heart tugging, emotional, sad, deep and powerful write. Every line is filled with loneliness and pain that gets deeper and stronger. < here's a friendly hug > Nice job Thanks for the amazing and awesome comment on my True Love poem.

  1. Date: 1/5/2014 8:32:00 AM
    You have to look back to learn how strong you really are. A powerful write encased with raw emotion!! Wow

  1. Date: 1/2/2014 10:29:00 PM
    I'm favoriting this poem... :) goodnight.. Linda

  1. Date: 1/2/2014 10:28:00 PM
    Sometimes I feel like this broken doll. You don't know the hurt I've been through this past week. -After long thoughts I searched for reasons and whys! I never did a thing to any of them, just stand up for myself. The answer finally hit me. They despise the love and tenderness I offer many poets. They mock my ways on the soup, cause they are envious of me. Sometimes I feel I can't fix what they broke- (Like a porcelain doll) However, Time keeps healing me. God truly loves me, he knows my heart

  1. Date: 1/2/2014 10:14:00 PM
    Cheryl wow.. You made me feel special with your comment. You don't even know the tear you brought to my eyes,, I'm calling it happy 2014 tears... :) You have a special place in my heart. Love Linda

  1. Date: 1/2/2014 8:04:00 PM
    - A poem with deep emotion .... give me a tear in my eye. .... a beautiful poem to read in the middle of the night when I can not find sleep,Cheryl. - oxox // Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 1/1/2014 9:27:00 AM
    Happy new year to you.

  1. Date: 1/1/2014 9:23:00 AM
    Its stunning the way you've expressed your pain here my friend. Its something I can truly relate to. Well crafted!

  1. Date: 12/31/2013 8:28:00 PM
    I really felt your poem on an emotional level, because it brought to mind thoughts of my own childhood...Thank you, Cheri. It is always nice to have a good friend around when you need to talk. :)

  1. Date: 12/31/2013 8:00:00 PM
    From one lonely ;person to another, I share your pain.And relate to it. An incredible heartfelt write so well written but so sad. my warmest best wishes. Pete

  1. Date: 12/31/2013 4:59:00 PM
    This poem really touches me deeply, Cheri. I can relate to this completely and it brought tears to my eyes. I can feel the pain and the loneliness coming through in every line. I am sending warm hugs to you my friend. And, I am adding this poem to my favorites! Amazing work! :)