Porcelain Dolls and Powder Kegs

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There is nothing left to fear

Nothing left to bare here

No secrets should I hide

Can’t fight how I feel tonight

Or who I am inside

I’m not perfect even if I tried


Get too close

Accidentally tighten your hold

Watch it all shatter like glass

Loosen your grip

And find you’re standing on a warship

Go ahead, light that match

Nothing left to lose, I guess

Porcelain dolls and powder kegs


There’s one thing on my mind

It’s only a matter of time

If I’m naked and exposed

How long before it all explodes

Is it me that you see

Or the me you want me to be


Get too close

Accidentally tighten your hold

Watch it all shatter like glass

Loosen your grip

And find you’re standing on a warship

Go ahead, light that match

Nothing left to lose, I guess

Porcelain dolls and powder kegs



Here today, gone tomorrow

Nothing left but empty sorrow

Porcelain dolls are fragile

But explosions rain down like a gavel


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bizarrett81 11 months ago from Maine

I love this!! You definitely have a knack for words and it does flow like a song!!!


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shprd74 11 months ago from Bangalore

very nice.

- hari


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Ericdierker 11 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

A true pleasure to read.


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shanmarie 11 months ago from Texas Author

Thanks, Elizabeth. I shared the idea with a friend as a song title. She told wme it's an interesting concept then asked what I had so far. I had nothing. LOL. So then I started thinking about it and couldn't go to sleep until I write it. Now I need music. LOL


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shanmarie 11 months ago from Texas Author

Thanks, Hari.


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shanmarie 11 months ago from Texas Author

Thanks, Eric. I appreciate that.


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manatita44 11 months ago from london

Exquisite poem. Very wise!


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shanmarie 11 months ago from Texas Author

Thank you, mandatory.


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Jodah 11 months ago from Queensland Australia

Wow! this is great. I hope it is turned into a song...great title and concept...love the words Shanmarie...and the pic.


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always exploring 11 months ago from Southern Illinois

This is great. I love the concept of porcelain dolls and a powder keg. Explosive!


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Missy Smith 11 months ago from Florida

This one is exquisite, Shanmarie! Really loved your thought process for this one. Good job!


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MsDora 11 months ago from The Caribbean

Admirable--the way you express your mortal truth in such exquisite poetry.


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MartieCoetser 11 months ago from South Africa

I can already hear the song!


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shanmarie 11 months ago from Texas Author

Thanks, Jodah! I appreciate that. As for the picture, I thought it only appropriate, if comparing people to porcelain dolls. ;)


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shanmarie 11 months ago from Texas Author

Thanks always! Is that a new profile picture? Love it. The idea was sparked by something a friend said to me along with a few other things whirling around in my mind from other sources of inspiration. It's like a concept suddenly formed out of the blue and I just had to run with it. :)


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shanmarie 11 months ago from Texas Author

Exquisite? Wow. I hardly know what to say in reply to a compliment like that! Thank you!


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shanmarie 11 months ago from Texas Author

Aw,there's that word again, MsDora. I just told Missy I am at a loss of words for a reply. I do appreciate your visits and comments, please know. Thank you!


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shanmarie 11 months ago from Texas Author

Thanks, Martie! You are so often one to encourage others. :) I do hope you're feeling better. I've been thinking of you.


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drbj 11 months ago from south Florida

I wanted to hum a tune as I read this, shan ... There most definitely is a musical lilt to this prose.


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shanmarie 11 months ago from Texas Author

Good to know, drbj! That's the intent. Thanks!


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Gypsy Rose Lee 10 months ago from Riga, Latvia

Awesome and most expressive poetry!


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shanmarie 10 months ago from Texas Author

Thank you, Rasma! So good to see you here. Glad you stopped by.


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Missy Smith 9 months ago from Florida

I came by your page and was going to read another of your poems I have yet to read. However, I could not resist the temptation to stop by this one again and read these brilliant words aloud as I marvel at your genius, Shanmarie. I really love this poem.


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shanmarie 9 months ago from Texas Author

What a nice thing to say, Missy! Thank you!

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