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.

Paper Cut(outs)

Jenifer DeBellis

Dryden, United States

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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.

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