THE PUPPET

 

A puppeteer strings an open mouth,

She is me, and I am her.

 

Tells me what to say−

Obedient, teeth clacking.

 

                                                Indecent

                                                To myself−

                                   

                                                How could I

                                                Ever−

Teeth clack, tongue

Lolling

Frolicking

But unbidden now

                                                Myself−

                                                My sweet self,

                                                Not undone but true

The strings pull, yet

 

                            I am my own foe.

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