Cinder Girl

October 21, 2012
By LiederMadchen ELITE, Aurora, Oregon
LiederMadchen ELITE, Aurora, Oregon
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Favorite Quote:
For, I could not love thee, Dear, so much,
Loved I not honour more.
-- Richard Lovelace, quoted often by Baroness Emmuska Orczy in The Scarlet Pimpernel


My hands split and burn and bleed
Their laughter crackles above
My knees ache and moan and creak
Their voices call and call me

Their laughter crackles above
As I struggle to my weary feet
Their voices call and call me
When all I want is to go to sleep

As I struggle to my weary feet
Their shrieks grow louder and louder
When all I want is to go to sleep
I force myself to climb the stair

Their shrieks grow louder and louder
My heart grows heavier and heavier
I force myself to climb the stair
Knowing only misery awaits

My heart grows heavier and heavier
As I step into their shadows
Knowing only misery awaits
I will set myself to any task

As I step into their shadows
Their voices call, “Cinder, Cinder!”
I will set myself to any task
If only to quiet their noise

Their voices call, “Cinder, Cinder!”
There is work that you must do!
If only to quiet their noise
I bow down low and accept the chore

There is work that you must do!
My knees ache and moan and creak
I bow down low and accept the chore
My hands split and burn and bleed


The author's comments:
This is my experiment with a type of poem called a 'pantoum'.

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