Tethered, snared and chained

She’s been tethered, snared and chained,
to her path.
She knows that diamonds
aren’t a girl’s best friend if stuck with gold.

But still she smiles at him,
wrapped in silk his parents paid.
She’s a showcase gem, a piece of art,
the beauty queen who’s
never asked before she’s caged.

She’s been trained to be his chalice;
his blood and bone,
smile and answer yes.

But she cannot cease to think;
to dream; sing
pretending she could ride on the back of the wind;
to be free.

She, a woman, destined
to be tethered, snared and chained
answers yes.

© Douglas M. MacIlroy

I wrote this as a poem because I need to catch up and reach 30 poems in April, and since I wanted to avoid writing about disc-golf I wrote about the cage it looks like 🙂

Rochelle selects the picture for us to write a story of 100 characters we follow her and do our best ekphrastic effort.



April 18, 2018

39 responses to “Tethered, snared and chained

  1. Oh, Bjorn! It does seem like our stories play off one another or are meant to interweave. How splendid is that?
    But she cannot cease to think;
    to dream; sing
    pretending she could ride on the back of the wind;
    to be free.
    I love this part most. Nicely done.

  2. She’s been trained to be his chalice;
    his blood and bone,
    smile and answer yes.

    very powerfully worded and placed within this prose/poem flash piece.

  3. Is your beautiful woman deluding herself by dreaming of freedom? Are we all deluding ourselves? Or are there just different degrees of captivity? Your poem poses some profound questions, Bjorn.

  4. This is sooo real, Bjorn. I hate thinking that there are ladies subjected to a life like this.
    ..

  5. Beautifully written. A gilded cage is still a cage and the bird still longs for freedom. Seems this one will never fly. Sad but well told

  6. Tragic poem, Björn. So sad and claustrophobic. Reminds me of a quote I saw that “Birds born in cages think freedom is a crime.” Perhaps she wants to be free, but nothing is physically holding her back. As your poem suggests, she was trained to be this way and can-untrain herself to set herself free.

  7. I love it. It’s so topical at the moment too with women making a stand for their rights although it could be applied to anyone searching for freedom. A real gem. 🙂

  8. Dear Bjorn,

    Her despair and feelings of entrapment are tangible in this piece. And ending with Maya Angelou’s beautiful piece is the perfect epilogue. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

  9. Such a moving piece – the woman whose destiny is mapped for her. I wonder why she can’t escape her cage, and whether her dreams of flight will be enough to sustain her in.

  10. Wonderful poem, Björn and what a powerful take on the prompt. Many are caged by oppressors, some are caged by their own idea of a good life.

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