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Marionette Master

~Marionette Master~    

All my dreams evolve around my wooden floor
Candles and clowns the show must go on


The Moon slowly moves its way into my room
Dust pushes through my window making shadow puppets on my walls
The talent on my walls dance, scaring my sweet dreams away
No cradle-songs tonight
Dangling artisans’ fingertips scratching down my core
Exquisite observation, an alley down “Death Street.”
Panic rattles my bone, 
Stuttering a taste of ma' ma' ma' mama' off my lips
Grandfather clock ticks with every pull of the string
Invisible jellyfish puppets swaying their feelers that sting my site
A superior skill eating away at my fear
I can’t breathe, 
I can’t move,
It dangles!
What can I do?
Carved Marionette figures locked in my head
A game in which trickery and deception are the main events
Staged with an evil sinister mask, sanctioning my nightmares. 
No one to rescue me from the danger of this bedside playground.
The puppeteer engages to provoke me with my own dolls.
A dramatic performance throttles my mind ……. 
I cannot come out from under my blanket,  
I cannot run,
My hands cannot reach the circus print lampshades!
A shadow show played in slow motion!!!
Realizing the moon can pull a world of strings with its own light


Suddenly, boney fingers from the sunrise show me the way…
I look down until my toes touch the cold wooden floor
I creep and creep,
Then I flick on my lamp.
The purple walls swallowed the orgy drawing inspired by the mooned night
A huge diversity of graphic illusions of puppetry in my room vanishes in one click
Mother please no more Pinocchio in my lullabies! ;-) 

Copyright © | Year Posted 2012

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Date: 12/30/2014 9:39:00 AM
What a wonderful poem,Linda, you really had me on the edge of my seat. You remind me of the stories my dear grandmother use to tell me, I would always have nightmares. Congratulations on your win Blessing and a Happy New Year
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Date: 12/30/2014 7:52:00 AM
Congrats on your win my* friend. Loved always,bl
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Date: 12/29/2014 3:28:00 PM
Powerful emotional write Linda. I was lucky to be one of three girls and never slept alone. Congratulations on your win.
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Date: 12/29/2014 12:10:00 AM
Hello my forever dearest poet sis and best friend, Linda! Stopping by to read and embrace once again this stunning masterpiece of my MOST FAVE born poet, sis and friend of mine. My Hearty Congratulations once again on your win! Keeping this precious gem forever in my fave treasure box. love lots forever sis-BFF, Leonora
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Date: 12/28/2014 7:07:00 PM
Great writing Linda...I found myself feeling your words
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Date: 12/28/2014 2:12:00 PM
Personally this is my favorite entry, exceptional writing 7 rating all the way. If there was a higher rating I would give it to you. Congratulations.
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Date: 12/28/2014 9:09:00 AM
thank you so much, for the win John. LINDAAAAA :)
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Date: 12/28/2014 9:10:00 AM
this is one of my own favorite poems.
Date: 12/28/2014 12:59:00 AM
Congrats Linda.
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Date: 12/27/2014 1:20:00 PM
brilliant write Linda - congrats:-) Hugs jan xx
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Date: 12/27/2014 12:38:00 PM
Congratulations on your win, Linda! Your poem brought back memories of this haunting fear! Hugs, Sandra
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Date: 12/27/2014 12:23:00 PM
Brilliant write, Congratulations Linda on your win. A Fav for me!
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Date: 12/27/2014 11:53:00 AM
God I hated those dancing shadows as the headlights of passing cars scanned my room. The "circus bring lampshades!"...that was the GOTCHA .. Thanks for your entry into the contest.
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Date: 12/27/2014 11:50:00 AM
congratulations Linda on your wonderful contest poem and win
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Date: 9/1/2013 7:48:00 PM
Enjoyed this one Linda. Your third write here on Poetry Soup was well worth the read.
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Date: 6/9/2013 9:57:00 PM
Scary! But I'm glad it "vanishes at one click" at the end of the day. Well written Mistress. AO
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Date: 6/9/2013 9:54:00 PM
Congrats on your well deserved placement in the contest. AO
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Date: 6/8/2013 7:36:00 PM
Good morning my dearest sis Linda! I'm happy to read this outstanding write of you once again and saw it in the winning list. My biggest hearty congrats to you! Big hugs! I'm sorry, I just came because I was so busy for the past few days. Yesterday, I tried to finish everything what my new head had assigned to me for this wk. I hope you're doing well & not bored anymore. I'll try my best to catch up at soup today. Have a blessed weekend/Sunday! Again, big congrats! Tcare! love m4evr, Leo
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Date: 6/8/2013 5:32:00 PM
Eerie pictures, very frightening. And kudos to you for this great contest win, Linda.
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Date: 6/8/2013 3:38:00 PM
Linda congratulations on your outstanding win. Warm Smiles, Connie
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Date: 6/8/2013 1:53:00 PM
I used to be afraid to let my arm hang off the side of the bed for fear that the monster underneath would grab it...LOVE that title and the way it all 'vanishes in one click" Very cool and scary stuff - Tim
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Tim Ryerson
Date: 6/8/2013 1:56:00 PM
LONG week at work!...Tomorrow will bring the total to 50 hrs (Don't you pity me?)
Date: 6/8/2013 11:43:00 AM
I didn't realize that you too were a winner in Nate's contest. Congratulations! Childhood night-fears... I remember them well. I love the puppets, similar in some ways to a familiar. Very nice work... Jack
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Date: 6/8/2013 5:29:00 AM
great write and win Linda...congrats
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Date: 6/7/2013 8:25:00 PM
good enough babe' congrats on your win.
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Poet Destroyer A
Date: 6/8/2013 11:31:00 AM
thanks, for the small win... i did not like the theme so i gave you a poem, i did not like... love love... yours truly
Date: 4/27/2013 7:21:00 PM
Very vivid, scary poem, PD, quite lovely poem, good imagery and flow.
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Date: 3/11/2013 12:08:00 AM
Hi my dearest sis! How are you? Hope you're doing well! I'm peeking at soup using the school desktop before going to the canteen for my late lunch! Thank you so much for the congratulatory comments/message! Hope you've read my soupmail last night! Have a good night there! love lots, Leonora
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