The Silhouettes of Marionettes

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The Silhouettes of Marionettes

Everyone take your seats,
The shows about to begin.
No cameras or recording devices,
Let the houselights dim.

The stage is set, actors ready,
A momentary reprise.
All is quiet. eyes are focused,
Let the curtains rise.

Our story opens in a place,
Familiar to most our friends.
It's a solemn, regal space,
In the year 2010.

People have gathered in a room,
To watch a puppet show.
It's a common town hall affair,
That all good citizens know.

The puppets soon come to life,
With all the smiles they bring,
Those gathered forget all their strife,
And ignore their obvious strings.

Limply bouncing, loose arms swing,
The marionettes comically play.
They throw fake hats in political rings,
Spoken talents on display.

When the puppet show is over,
The audience stands and cheers.
Several members make their way over,
To congratulate their peers.

No one seems to notice,
Those gathered too have strings.
They disappear and loose their focus,
As if supported by little wings.

The moral of the puppet show,
Was never really debated.
It suggested most men were weak,
And easily manipulated.

The audience soon realizes,
What they have just seen,
A dramatic and comical satire,
Of a typical political scene.

Those gathered have been fooled in thinking,
That their opinions really matter.
What seems to mean the most to them,
Gets lost in all the chatter.

It's a show in a show,
Where audiences are actors.
Look behind and you may find,
Hidden controlling factors.

The irony of hypocrisy,
Is politians don't really care.
They're tendency toward deceit and greed,
Exceeds their social flair.

We are all influenced by,
Those we elect to share,
The moral views and attitudes,
That we so boldly wear.

Unfortunately the majority,
Of those that we elect.
Rarely meet the conformity,
Of the righteous and select.

We're all living puppets,
With strings upon our backs.
Barely visible little wires,
Strategically attached.

Bureaucratic political pawns,
Iraq and Gulf conned vets.
Statistics officials rely upon,
Silhouettes of marionettes.




Copyright © February 2010
Kevin Mooney

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susanismith commented on The Silhouettes of Marionettes

05-01-2010

Time to time we all feel like a puppet on a string... thanks for sharing another one of your masterpiece

WordSlinger commented on The Silhouettes of Marionettes

02-18-2010

Love this, you are Amazing, I have a pair of scissors I can loan you all, lol, ty Kevin, WS

dawnjyc commented on The Silhouettes of Marionettes

02-16-2010

I don't usually enjoy political satire but this poem written so creatively like a story easily moved me through each line shaking my head in agreement. I love the way you left the reveal at the end. Great Job.

BringMeBullets commented on The Silhouettes of Marionettes

02-16-2010

This is enchanting, like a fairy tale. I love puppets because they are creepy. And this poem gives you an eerie feeling of being in a dim room surrounded by dangling puppets. How haunting. Great write, and I admire your extensive rhyming. :)

kmooney

02/16/2010

Thanks Brandi, I appreciate your comments. If you like creepy poems read these of mine, God's Perfect Angel, Where Heaven Used To Be, Metamorphosis, Abducted and Nymphs of the Night. I write a lot of story poems and I think you'll enjoy these. Kevin

cdeluhery87 commented on The Silhouettes of Marionettes

02-14-2010

Oh my but I am truly blown away by this...there is such power in your words in this one, how creative and perfectly fitting

The true philosopher and the true poet are one, and a beauty, which is truth, and a truth, which is beauty, is the aim of both.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, American Poet (1803-1882)

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