Marionette – A Poem

My thoughts on social conformity

I want to loosen these
See-through threads
Like used heartstrings
From pity driven hands
That are dangling down
To this misfit marionette-
That I am – regrettably
To dance for you again

Gretchen Leary 2013


About Gretchen Leary

I am 32 years old, I live in the Boston area, and I am writing from the perspective of an individual with Asperger's Syndrome.
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24 Responses to Marionette – A Poem

  1. Beautifully said! Thanks for sharing, love. Take care.

  2. brian miller says:

    dang…from pity driven hands…dancing for anyone, when there are strings, is not much fun at all…lots of emotional punch for a short verse…nicely done gretchen…

  3. That one word – regrettably – just so moved me, Gretchen. Really liked this – K

  4. Laurie Kolp says:

    I agree with K… unregrettably is powerful. Great poem, Gretchen.

  5. Gretchen, what a powerful metaphor. I really like the rawness and candor of your voice. Absolutely loved this! 🙂

  6. Mohana says:

    Wonderful write, a lot of strong emotions there.

  7. Yes wonderfully written… love it!

  8. claudia says:

    social conformity…the marionette dancing by pity driven hands…wonderfully expressed and good to break free and dance non-conformal..ha…at least every once and a while..

  9. zongrik says:

    so sd…mis-fit-marionette, i mean, they are all misfits so is this one even more so??

    kooky kinesthetics

  10. Kelvin S.M. says:

    Gretchen this is so powerful with all its brevity… plus the subject you’ve chosen is very timely as i find many these days living in such a situation… i once thought of writing about dolls / marionettes / puppets but still finding difficulties on right execution… so bravo for nailing this down… excellent offering and much enjoyed… smiles…

  11. lucychili says:

    i think you would dance your own steps regardless of strings =)

  12. aprille says:

    You say a lot in relatively few lines. Sign of competence

  13. ninotaziz says:

    Gretchen, that was a statement indeed. Good for you.

  14. Kim Nelson says:

    Isn’t it good to know that we hold those strings in our own hands?

  15. ManicDdaily says:

    A very moving poem – those used heart strings tugged on mine. k.

  16. heidi says:

    Kick ass work here Gretchen. Love the way you used the marionette. It does remind me of one of my favorite quotes “for nonconformity, the world whips you with displeasure.” Emerson

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