Unboxing self

Day 13 OctPoWriMo

Prompt: Outside the Box

Form: Pantoum

Born I was in a preordained box of creation
labelled and marked as a citizen second class
growing up following all rules and regulations
never questioning the ceiling made of glass

labelled and marked as a citizen second class
oblivious of the offending labels stuck on my forehead
never questioning the ceiling made of glass
concocted stories of life out of box filling with dread

oblivious of the offending labels stuck on my forehead
individuality and curiousity rearing head oftentimes
concocted stories of life out of box filling with dread
exciting, thrilling and dangerous at the same time

individuality and curiousity rearing head oftentimes
suffocating confines killing ever so slowly
exciting, thrilling and dangerous at the same time
the outside world winked and smiled regularly

suffocating confines killing ever so slowly
captive was I, bound by heavy chains of love
the outside world winked and smiled regularly
I chafed to soar like an eagle, not be a docile dove

captive was I, bound by heavy chains of love
realisation of imprisonment freed my soul
I chafed to soar like an eagle, not be a docile dove
I rejected vehemently my destined role

realisation of imprisonment freed my soul
unboxing self proved to be far from simple
I rejected vehemently my destined role
facing, ridicule, shame and rejection typical

unboxing self proved to be far from simple
born as I was in a preordained box of creation
facing, ridicule, shame and rejection typical
for not growing up following all rules and regulations.

57 thoughts on “Unboxing self

  1. Punam, this was masterfully done. The Pantoum form brings to mind walking around the inside of a box looking for the crack to escape. It’s a difficult form, in my opinion, but you used it to well to convey such a powerful message. I agree with Kate – send it somewhere!!

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