Marionettes: Poem

The trees—

like giant marionettes,

sway and shake with

fierce violence

and then,

rest



Strings pulled

by an unseen puppeteer—

remind me how small

I am and how

little I

control.





all rights reserved. Copyright Justin W. Price, November 17th, 2011

"I've never seen the wind. I've seen the effects of the wind, but I've never seen the wind." -- Billy Graham

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Thanks for Reading.

A FREELANCE WRITER, HONORS STUDENT AND GOVER PRIZE FINALIST, JUSTIN W. PRICE (AKA, PDXKARAOKEGUY)IS A POET, SHORT STORY, BIOGRAPHY AND HUMOR WRITER. HIS POETRY COLLECTION,DIGGING TO CHINA, WAS RELEASED FEBRUARY 2ND, 2013 BY SWEATSHOPPE PUBLICATIONS AND IS AVAILABLE ON AMAZON.COM, BARNES AND NOBLE AND THROUGH YOUR LOCAL BOOKSELLER.

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PDXKaraokeGuy 3 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks crescent moon. That idea just came to me one day as I was watching trees out of my window. Thanks for stopping by. It's been awhile.


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Cresentmoon2007 3 years ago from Caledonia, MI

An amazingly well written poem. I loved it. I like how you write about the trees being controlled like puppets. That's great, and to realize how little we are in the world. Very true.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks Debby and Audrey. It's always nice to see your smiling faces :-)


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Debby Bruck 4 years ago

Beautiful and moody photo and lovely poetry.


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Beautiful write Justin!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks, ts. I'm glad you enjoyed this and that it caused you to think


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tsmog 4 years ago from Escondido, CA

Totally awesome! It prompts emotions, memories, experiences, and mystery. So much, I can't say more. Inspirational, thank you for sharing.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

saddlerider, thanks so much. I;m glad you enjoyed this!


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saddlerider1 4 years ago

Beauty in simplicity, you captured the wind. Your words portrayed the imagery perfectly. Well done my poetic friend.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks Susan. I was pleased certainly with the picture. I'm also pleased that you were able to feel the wind in this poem!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I could feel the wind as I read your poem. The picture is amazing! I've always loved trees and really like this poem.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks Tammy and Marissa. I appreciate your visits, as always. I'm glad you enjoyed this!


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ThePracticalMommy 4 years ago from United States

Beautiful poem, Justin! I love the thought of an unseen grand puppeteer who controls it all, and how it brought you back to yourself. Nature sure has a way of doing that to us, doesn't it? :)


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

Beautiful!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Audrey, thanks

Leni, I found a photo that described the poem well, though i have written many poems based on photographs (Free Spirit and The Junky's Daughter for a couple examples) and find it to be a great way to inspire. This one, though, was inspired by sitting on the couch with my wife one night and watching the wind play with the trees. They looked like puppets!


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leni sands 4 years ago from UK

Awesome, absolutely awesome, such depth, movement and imagery in so few words is just incredible. You are so talented. The picture is also incredible it captures the scene so well. Did you write the poem to the photo or find a photo to fit the poem? I like to write poetry or prose about images...voted up!


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Beautiful Justin!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Chris and Cyndi, thanks so much for stopping by. I'm glad you enjoyed this poem. it's always nice to have you stop by!


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chrisam01 4 years ago from Los Angeles, California, USA

Hey, this is beautiful and voted so!


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia

Beautiful poem and fabulous photo. I love the stark beauty of trees in winter. Thanks for sharing with us.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thank you Joy. Was sis by chance a typo? :-)


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jesusmyjoy 5 years ago from Bucyrus Ohio

Very good hub sis


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Pras, Kamalesh and Sue, thanks so much. I love to share and I'm glad you appreciate! Blessings to you


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Kamalesh050 5 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India

Excellent poem and so is the picture. Thanks for sharing.

Have a nice day. Best Wishes, Kamalesh


Sueswan 5 years ago

Amazing!

Voted up up and away!


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

It's cool indeed. Thanks for writing and share with us. Have a good day!

Prasetio


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

MM, fennelseed, Will and Suzie: Thanks so much. I really appreciated the sentiment in this poem and I'm pleased that it's been well received. Thanks for all your reading and comments!


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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC

So much in just a few words. Loved it and like the others I agree the photo is wonderful. Rated up!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Wow! This is a real winner. And what a great picture!


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Fennelseed 5 years ago from Australia

Just lovely PDX. Deep simplicity, word art at its best. Love your work.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

How absolutely lovely and the picture perfect.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Gypsy- it's amazing to me that these giant trees are living organisms.

quil, thanks! I thought it was a great pic when I found it!

beth and jfay- thank you!

Dim, thank you so much. What a compliment!

Lyric, thanks! I love that quote too but, oddly I didn't knwo who said it until i did a google search!

Dexter, indeed. Thank you

Tattoo- Thank you! I chose every word carefully and the layout of the poem to me exemplified the meaning of chaos and order. I'm glad you noticed! It's rewarding as a poet to have people notice exactly what you wanted them too! Thanks so much for reading and commenting!


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TattooKitty 5 years ago from Hawaii

Elegant and eloquent, this piece illustrates that a poem's true beauty comes from being selective of about both word choice and word placement. Absolutely gorgeous!!


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

Yes, I really like this!!! Some very deep meaning here!!


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia

Up, awesome, and beautiful votes PDX. Another great poem with deep meaning and message. Well done:) Great quote, never heard of it before now.


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

Succinct and absolutely beautiful..


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jfay2011 5 years ago

a very emotional poem, love the heartstrings


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bethperry 5 years ago from Tennesee

I really like!


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quildon 5 years ago from Florida

Great poem with pic to match!


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Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Super. That's just how I feel when I stand beneath my huge oak tree in my garden. Oaks are trees that give us energy and relieve our stress.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Stessily, I got the photo from Google images, actually. I thought it was fitting. Thanks for your comment!

Always, you wouldn't want to spend even two seconds in my mind!

Credence, thank you. The epiphany struck and I had to share it!

Martie, thank you. you gave this poem a bigger meaning then I did and I think that's awesome. That's what I love about poetry!

Thank you all for commenting and reading!


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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa

So true. We think, believe, we are in control, but in fact we are like puppets on a string. We are not only controlled by other human beings and our own perceptions of right and wrong, but also by the forces in the universe that cause everything to orbit like electrons orbit the nucleus.

Voted up and really thought-provoking.


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Credence2 5 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

Strings pulled

by an unseen puppeteer—

remind me how small

I am and how

little I

control.

You've got that right how true! Cred2


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

Isn't it strange what we see in our mind? Like looking at a tree blowing in the wind. You are a true poet my friend. Loved it..


stessily 5 years ago

PDX: The quote from Billy Graham about the invisibility of the wind is one of my favorites. Your poem amplifies the otherworldly, spectacular dance which the wind orchestrates now here, now there. Beautiful photo --- it makes the snow look inviting in a way. Where was it taken? Very well done!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

andrea and racin, thank u very much. I was watching trees blowing and they looked like giant marionettes to me. It's an interesting mind I have! Thanks for reading and for commenting!


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raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

wow...i love the conciseness of this poem...brief but eloquent...neither do i have seen the wind...what a great personification...


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Andrea333 5 years ago

Oh my. I love this simple poem that's not simple at all. Per your usual PDKKaraoke Guy, you say lots even with a few sentences. Trees as marionettes. How cool. That is a thought that I see sticking in my head for a long time to come. I love the thought of them being shaken violently by an "unseen puppeteer" and then allowed to "rest". Voted interested and awesome.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thank you sub. No Blizzard here, Just lots of wind and rain!


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SubRon7 5 years ago from eastern North Dakota

I like this poem and photo, KaraokieGuy. Looks to me like a blizzard, which we're going to be looking out for soon up here.

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