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Behind the parchment screen and eye to eye Punch chided.
Who are you? Who is she? He’d point it out. You’d see.
No marionette with strings was he. Their paths collided;
Judy stands and faces his animosity

The play is writ by man and maid and staged to teach,
the right and wrong of woman’s position, our place.
Standing on two legs, she meets his gaze without speech.
What shenanigan have brought on this crutched lambaste?

Let us ponder Mr. Punchinell’s stance, his missing leg
let his two-eyed profile tease, has Judy been upstaged?
Stumped by the shadow lore, the punch, the audience begs
for the stiff-necked tirade to end her pick engaged.

Speared by humour, we see two realities spar on
with no means to run, the missing third prong’s a pun.  



First Published by The Ekphrastic Review

Copyright © | Year Posted 2017




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Date: 7/11/2017 5:41:00 AM
Congrat's...a well-written sonnet.
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Date: 7/1/2017 10:28:00 AM
Congratulations on your publication, Debs! :)) Strange coming across this poem today...another many faceted gem! It's those bright eyed facets that show insight, acumen, and fortitude laced with wisdom. Best wishes, love, Mikki
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Date: 4/20/2017 10:37:00 AM
I find again, your language, depth and flow in this sonnet reveal a truly profound and exceptional poetess. Congrats on this jewel being published and forgive me my forgetfulness in visiting my friend as often as I should. I do try to remember my friends here... A fav and a true learning experience reading your poems..
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Date: 3/6/2017 9:28:00 AM
I do enjoy reading your wonderful, well crafted sonnets, Debbie. T.J
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Date: 3/5/2017 7:24:00 AM
There's a lot to read in there, so much in so few words. Wonderful write, and well done with the publication.
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