Paper Cut(outs)

I believed I needed to clip these things of old,
needed to extract these intricately woven fibers
from my soul in order to remain in the mold.

By the moonlight I’d unhook and I’d unfold
heart threads that had weaved with soul embers.
I believed I needed to clip these things of old.

I plucked loose these feathers–-now a mangled
kaleidoscope collage of detailed describers–-
from my soul in order to remain in the mold.

These pieces of me that I’d plucked and pulled
were cast to the wind in uncountable numbers.
I believed I needed to clip these things of old.

Once I let go I resented what I didn’t withhold
(all of my heart’s desires now severed dismembers
from my soul) in order to remain in the mold.

There was bondage in this manmade chokehold.
Where freedom could’ve nurtured valued members
I believed I needed to clip these things of old
from my soul in order to remain in the mold.

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For Imaginative Skulls’ Challenge #4: Paper Cut. Challenge image Paper Cut by Bogac Erguvenc

The idea of accepting a villanelle challenge was inspired by Sylvia Plath’s Lament.

I’m a tireless spirit who strives to uncover humanity’s heartbeat through poetry & prose. My vision is to leave a legacy of words that will imprint a pathway for future generations. As a metro-Detroit writer & Solstice MFA in Creative Writing of Pine Manor College student, it’s critical I’m active & thriving in my community through multiple creative outlets. I’m Executive Editor of Pink Panther Magazine, which promotes multicultural art & poetry concerned with today’s feminist issues.

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Comments

  • Sally Omar
    Sally Omarover 3 years ago

    Wow!!! LOVE IT!!! xo

  • I love the way your enthusiasm makes me feel and how it makes me smile. :) xox

    – Jenifer DeBellis

  • AshenShards
    AshenShardsover 3 years ago

    I like this. <By the moonlight I’d unhook and I’d unfold
    heart threads that had weaved with soul embers.> speaks to me on being oneself, not part of any mold but your own.

  • Exactly. Glad you like it. :) xox

    – Jenifer DeBellis

  • Arcadia Tempest
    Arcadia Tempestover 3 years ago

    Welcome to the challenge Jenifer :O)
    And you sure have added another beautifully crafted piece to make Bogac’s image soar for us.
    Gosh I wonder if he knew how wide he was going to stretch everyone’s inspiration and imagination!
    There is that Plaith dark ink here but I love how you have made if also feel there is light at the end of the valley….xx

  • Thank you. It’s so interesting how certain people catch the light or spirit of hope in my poetry. That’s often a toss up. Bogac’s inspiration piece is rich with angles and possibilities. I was immediately drawn into this challenge and enjoyed every moment. I can’t wait to read the other entries. xox

    – Jenifer DeBellis

  • MaryMac
    MaryMacover 3 years ago

    i like the idea of plucking and clipping to get rid of the old
    and letting them go or they’d eventually consume our soul
    great imagery you’ve brought for thought
    peace love and happiness always
    xox

  • Thanks Andrea. It tied into some recent meditations and when I saw that image it sort of fit. xox

    – Jenifer DeBellis

  • C.C. Arshagra
    C.C. Arshagraover 3 years ago

    Wonderful stretch of interpretation onto the canvas of your write.

  • :) Thanks, xox

    – Jenifer DeBellis

  • autumnwind
    autumnwindover 3 years ago

    Wow Jenifer! And a villanelle no less! Unbelievable talent you are. Incredible interpretation of the image. A huge WOW. Good luck! XOXOXOXOXXOXOXO

  • I’m most grateful that this one opened my imagination up for “Where I’m From.” And I love pulling out formed poetry now and then to sharpen my tools. This particular one told me how it wished to be form. I love when that happens. xox

    – Jenifer DeBellis

  • Ushna Sardar
    Ushna Sardarover 3 years ago

    Wonderful Jenifer! wish you good luck!

  • Thanks for the feature and well wishes. xox

    – Jenifer DeBellis

  • RosaCobos
    RosaCobosover 3 years ago

    It is an impossible goal..
    the mold is has been creased
    by the incessant trembling of your desire.
    The papers are turned into talking paste,
    made from celulose and tears….
    not clipping the rememberings,
    they are gone with the last breath.
    Rosa (wonderful writing, Jennifer..you have a real special style, it is tensional and emotional, and it is talking from your…SELF)

  • Thanks Rosa. Glad this one spoke to you from the depths of those pages. xox

    – Jenifer DeBellis

  • Ushna Sardar
    Ushna Sardarover 3 years ago

  • I missed this. Thank you! xox

    – Jenifer DeBellis

  • greeneyedlady
    greeneyedladyover 3 years ago

    By the moonlight I’d unhook and I’d unfold

    fabulous imagery here, Jenifer!
    i was taken with the concept of remaining “in the mold”…resonates with the adolescent that still resides somewhere within me….
    i always felt torn by wanting to break free from any preconceived notions others had about me, but was also desperate for acceptance, and so forced myself into a mold that didn’t quite fit me….
    good luck in the challenge, this is a wonderful entry…..

  • Thank you! In keeping with the mood of the mold, I was drawn to this formal form. I see by your response that we are from the same world of tormented thinking. xox

    – Jenifer DeBellis

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