Paper Princess dancing
In her paper world
Painted in diamonds
Sapphires and pearls
Paper roses in a paper cup
On a table scarred with age
Dancing in winters chill draught
A cold and lonely stage
Against a backdrop of peeling wallpaper
A Van Gogh print in a dusty frame
Gold leaf gown twirls in the wind of her dreams
As the Paper Princess yearns for the sunlit plains
To the longing in her heart
Paper Princess holds on tight
To leave behind her paper world
And dance in the moonlight
Paper daisies in the Paper Princess’ hair
Crepe paper petals scattered at her feet
She will be free? She will not be?
The Paper Princess all of her life
Paper stars fall
From the sky
Fall from her eyes
© Alison Pearce 2009
This poem was inspired by the above artwork created by my dear friend, Vickie – professionally known as Coppertrees. (Go check out her profile page and find out why. You won’t be disappointed!)
When Vickie first asked me to come up with some writing to go alongside the piece, I couldn’t believe how similar a piece of poetry I was already working on was reflected in her work! A bit of destiny I think.
I see in her work, and hope it comes across in my words, a woman who is bound, conforming; while wanting freedom desperately. Like a 2D character yearning to be 3D, to use a simple analogy.
Anyway, I hope you like it Vickie!