“Do you know," Peter asked, "why swallows build in the eaves of houses? It is to listen to the stories.” ~ J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

9.28.2010

entrapment 1

you can't get out and you can't get in
and you push your fingers through the bars and the wire
and you reach for the lock,
the doorknob,
the latch,
the magic potion
that will push you through one way or the other
but your fingers are never long enough or else they're too fat
and either way it is always out of reach. 

the rules are changed by those just as trapped as you,
but they at least are here or there
and not fighting, gasping, struggling
 for breath
as the two places grow closer and closer
and squeeze harder and tighter
and you would ask for help
but they are deaf
and keep their eyes to the ground;
it's so much easier that way. 

8 comments:

  1. i know this place. and would that i could break us both out, pass us through that wire mesh like free, tiny birds. or butterflies. because butterflies know how to break free, they have to in order to exist.
    in real life, it's never that simple. i know.
    and still, your words here are beautiful, honest, heartfelt. maybe in one tiny way, you are breaking free.
    hugs to you.

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  2. oh .. i read this a couple of times..i am there ..except I can reach the merlot..

    and a sweater

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  3. Wow. And I wonder what was the catalyst for this one...

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  4. because of our emails, i understand this. completely. and believe it or not, i felt this way in my late 20's and early 30's. not anymore though. at least not as much.
    instead i'm here to help.

    xoxox

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  5. Wow! Yes, that is a place that we each face...then the day may come when somehow, I don't know how, I have my fingers on the latch...the door springs open, the heart begins pounding...And the real choices begin...

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  6. I can't tell you how very, very much I identify with this post. Those who keep their eyes to the ground--I know them well. In my case, they were the same ones who built the cage to begin with. I shudder to think of them.

    Thanks for this post. xo Gigi

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  7. The power is in you Girlfriend. Tap into it.
    Living well is the best revenge on the cage builders.

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  8. Sucks to be trapped, doesn't it?
    Any kind of movement would be better.
    Hang in there.
    xo

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