Puppet

Artist by Bernica Wilcox

Puppet

April 7, 2020

a puppet on a string

fraying on one end

 

slowly breaking out of society’s confinement

no longer a product put out on display

 

the most authentic we’ve ever been

and at the same time the least

 

perception of personality is subjective

our true selves can’t exist

 

no matter how comfortable we feel.

 

always striving to fit in

or stand out.

 

a constant battle 

a war never won

 

the soldiers are tired 

so, so tired

 

the world is burning,

in more ways than one 

 

we are condemned for caring

as their labels get fired at us 

 

faster than bullets. 

 

we are awake

they need to wake up

 

WAKE UP! WAKE UP! WAKE UP!

 

can you hear us? 

we scream to you

 

our words fall on deaf ears

shattering like glass

 

society’s strings still strangle them

the pressure to submit suffocates them

 

they live vicariously through us

continuing the cycle of conformity.

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