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Robert Leary

(New London, Connecticut)

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The Pundit and The Puppet


The puppet has a vision
With many strings attached
A life for every season
Winter, Summer, Spring or Fall
Not liking one or all
He can ask the fingers for revision
If he wants to posture large or small
He can change for any reason

For personalities he might jest
Play the role of Rufus Rose
A modern version of Pinocchio
A rendering of Cyrano
Court the lovely courtesan
Princes Summer Fall Winter Spring
Turn the mirror on himself
Act out who he wish he was
Or with flick of finger
Play himself again

Submitted: Sunday, November 29, 2009
Edited: Monday, April 02, 2012

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  • Pranab K Chakraborty (4/12/2012 8:34:00 AM)

    Yes, puppet has and puppet should have a vision to follow the instruction of the Master behind. World-wide it's happening everywhere. Sometimes the disguise of the puppet needs extra look to find out the thread behind their dance, then finger comes to light gradually, then thunder howling abrupt one day at the cross-road........Subject has been used many times in poetry of different languages but the angle of projection seems to be new here. First line perhaps the intellectual aspect of writing again. (Report) Reply

  • Cynthia Buhain-baello (12/1/2009 10:35:00 PM)

    This is a beautiful and thought-provoking poem. The lines are filled with meaty content for reader interpretation and the writing is masterfully done. 10+++ (Report) Reply

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