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    Skeleton Marionette

    BY: ANDREW SHODELL on 16 March 2017



    An unmoving grin on his face

    His rigid limbs praise the sky

    Stiff legs kick up dust

    As he dances in ashes

    Endless bliss etched in bone

    Strings pull from the heavens

    Hostile jerks in each direction

    In a liturgical sway

    His static smile branded

    With the comfort of anticipating his future

    The arms and legs of a skeleton marionette

    Jerking violently -- knowingly.


    *"Skeleton Marionette" was submitted for the Second Annual Palmer Trinity Poetry Contest (2016-2017) and came in Fourth place out of fifty-one poem submissions.