Wednesday, March 5, 2014

IWSG: CLIPPED



I breathe

Exhales of frigid smoke escape me
My lips tinged in blue ice
The ground cold
Frost embalming my kneeling legs

And I'm alone

Tall black spruces surround
But not enough to feed me
To shelter
Or shade me

They clip me

The dark trees sway
Slicing into my bare surroundings
Reaching close enough
Only close enough

To clip me

My wings scream
They scream what I can't
What I don't have

A voice

A voice to tell them STOP!
Always screaming for me
STOP! ENOUGH!

But they come

When they see me try to soar
The dark trees come
And clip my wings...

They clip
My wings...

I breathe

Cold smoke escapes my lungs
Tears freeze to my cheeks
I choke on sorrow within me
My knees captive to the frosted ground

For if I soar
They will clip me...

"Clipped" by Tammy Theriault


Don't let anyone or anything clip your wings. I believe in all of you. Success is not measured by your status, amount of friends, or things you've accomplished. Success is measured by how you feel. Take your passions and continue to feed them, because without those - we are just wings being clipped.



48 comments:

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Lovely poem, dark but honest. Always go for your dreams.

Vanessa Morgan said...

Oh wow, that's beautiful. I'm impressed.

Mina Burrows said...

That was lovely. Thanks for sharing. I totally needed that pick me up. :)

SA Larsenッ said...

Powerful and thought-provoking... You've done your job well. :)

Sheri at Writer's Alley

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Debra She Who Seeks said...

Great poem, Tammy! Especially love the kneeling / knees / frostbite imagery.

Kim Van Sickler said...

I believe in you. It's funny, but when I'm scared/nervous/insecure I get so cold I start shivering. So in that regard, your poem tied into the IWSG theme spot-on for me.

Pat Hatt said...

Look at you go all verse today, nicely done at your bay. What? the cat can't clip a fly's wings and eat it? how rude haha

ilima said...

So needed to hear this today. You are amazing.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

That was beautiful. I'm going to go fly now.

Rachna Chhabria said...

Tammy, I love this poem. Its simply amazing, the words are so evocative.

Jay Noel said...

What a rich, vivid poem. Great job, Tammy. I'm my worst wing clipper.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Very moving! Our passions are like gifts - use them or lose them.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Very moving poem. I like your definition of success.

Tammy Theriault said...

THANK YOU EVERYONE! This poem was definitely releasing for me and long overdue. Hope it helps others too.

Elephant's Child said...

Soar high. As high as your dreams and the stars.

DAVID WALSTON said...

Great poem! I'm hot natured, and it still set a chill! Flying High Again...

Natalie Aguirre said...

Loved your poem. And it came on a perfect day for me. Thanks.

Chrys Fey said...

Amazing! Thank you for sharing!

Johanna Garth said...

Lovely, and so true!

Lexa Cain said...

Yikes. That's just frightening and powerful. I agree with your final note - I'd never let anything or anyone clip my wings. Great post!

Lynda R Young said...

Beautiful!!! Your poem really speaks to me. And reminds me not to let anyone dull my shine/clip my wings.

Tammy Theriault said...

You guys are amazing. AMAZING! Thank you everyone for coming!!

klahanie said...

Hey Tammy!

And now for yet another amazing comment! Okay, maybe the one after mine.

Such prose doth soar with hope. Nobody shall clips your wings just as you're learning to fly.

Gary :)

Kristin Smith said...

Beautiful post and inspiring poem. Loved it!

Loni Townsend said...

That was a great poem, very powerful. I love your encouragement at the end. Thank you for sharing!

S.P. Bowers said...

Powerful poem. And did you do those drawings? Wonderful!

Lady Lilith said...

Nice poem. I am feeling bad for birds who get their wing clipped.

Lady Lilith said...

Nice poem. I am feeling bad for birds who get their wing clipped.

Tammy Theriault said...

thanks so much guys...still amazing support!

Weekend-Windup said...

Lovely poem!!

Medeia Sharif said...

Amazing poem, Tammy. Every writer needs this. Our wings shouldn't/won't be clipped.

Mark Koopmans said...

Dang.

That was good, man :)

Seriously.

(Leaving now before I say something sMarky :)

And no, I'm not pregnant.

Dang.

Al Diaz said...

Seems our minds are connected now. Or it can be that my spies tell me what you're up to. :)
I really like your poem. Very touching and feels like written for me. Yeah, I'll be one selfish dragon and think it's for me alone.
Thanks! :D

Crystal Blake said...

Hauntingly true. Love this Tammy. I have a thing for wings.

Christine Rains said...

Wonderful and haunting poem.

Donna Hole said...

That was powerful Tammy. thanks for sharing the thought.

....dhole

Carrie Butler said...

Wow. Check you out, woman! :D

Tammy Theriault said...

Thanks so much for coming!! Love you all!!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Very beautiful and so very correct.

Emily R. King said...

Love it!

Crystal Collier said...

Lovely, Tammy. This was truly lovely.

Leigh Covington said...

I'm late getting to this post, but this is fabulous! Great writing!

Suze said...

Just read all the comments after your post, girl. Very encouraging!

Shell Flower said...

Keep on soaring, Girl! Lovely poetry. It is a hard road us writers travel, and we have to be good at dodging the old wing clippers.

P.S. The Chuckanut Writer's Conference has updated its site and has all of this year's pertinent info now.

Meradeth Houston said...

Wonderful poem! Great message, too. Something to remember for sure!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Tammy - so true .. others knock us down so quickly if we allow them to .. as the others have said a dark thought too ..

Great poem though .. cheers Hilary

DMS said...

A poem with so much emotion, few words, and vivid images. You did an excellent job creating emotions in the reader! Fantastic poem. I agree with you that we need to believe in ourselves and not let anyone clip our wings. I hope you soar, Tammy! :)
~Jess

Karen Elizabeth Brown said...

The poem is tragic, but when you show how it applies to us, it's a warning. Great job!