KEEPERS

He was one of her keepers. He was kind to her, but he also
thought that she had no rights and he kept her imprisoned
in this mindscape of mental games. There were always
innuendos and reminders of how she amounted to zero.
Therefore her only power was to rely on them, her keepers, the people who denied her also became her saviors. Her security and her protection. It was like a catch 22, a double edged sword, a no-win situation, a stalemate. It was a problematic situation, she was in the middle, between the devil and the deep blue sea. Her prison guards were her also her liberators…they liberated her by putting her back into the same cage…her cage of security and protection. Her bird cage; her man cage.

JANE Á PARIS

Copyright ©2008 JANE Á PARIS

KEEPERS

JaneAParis

Joined February 2008

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This is about political persecution and abuse. It is about being kept powerless, or in what they term as “the corner”. Other familiar terms would be – between a rock and a hard place, between Scylla and Charybdis, between the hammer and the anvil, between two fires, in a bind, at a blank wall, blind alley, box, cessation, checkmate, contradiction, crisis, cul-de-sac, dead end, dead heat, deadlock, difficulty, dilemma, in dire straits, double bind, draw, embarrassment, fix, full stop, Gordian knot, gridlock, halt, Hobson’s choice, hole, hooker, impasse, in a pickle, jam, lose-lose, mess, mire, no choice, nowhere to turn, obstacle, paradox, pause, perplexity, pickle, plight, posture, predicament, puzzle, quagmire, quandary, road block, scrape, sitting on a powder keg, spot, standoff, standstill, stumbling block and a tied knot. To name just a few other terms that I am more than a little familiar with. Now close your eyes and try to imagine twelve years of being – “IN THE CORNER”. And I am still “IN THE CORNER”. I have this horrifyingly, weird feeling that I haven’t even seen the dustiest darkest parts of the corner yet.

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