Sonnet: Reflections on Imprisonment

We wake walking in darkness, craving light.
Alone within the silence, first we call,
then fearing our own weakness, choose to fight;
decide we cannot fly, hope not to fall.
We are the progeny of mirrored halls,
reflections in a lifetime’s worth of eyes–
our years are spent to recognize ourselves;
retrace our stitches, and pick out the lies.
Imprisoned fast by all the things we are,
and all the many things we cannot be,
our minds somehow fix on the distance far;
our hearts soar linnet-high above us, free.
We build our cages, frightened of our wings–
and yet, shut tight inside, a bird still sings.

by Lydia Ondrusek

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14 Comments

  1. shockednomore

     /  October 27, 2011

    Seems almost Blakean in imagery – a genuinely exciting sonnet!

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  2. Kcecelia

     /  October 27, 2011

    Lydia! Beautiful and moving. I love it.

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  3. “shut tight inside, a bird still sings.”
    Beautiful.

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  4. Gorgeous, Lydia! I’m savoring it reading out loud!

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  5. That was beautiful. Ditto re last line.

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  6. truly beautiful, Lydia! and the last line is stunning! <3

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  7. Pamela Carlson

     /  November 3, 2011

    So beautiful.

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  8. Some fly, some take flight.

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  9. Oh Lydia, magnificent. I can feel the echos of the words inside my mind.

    Imprisoned fast by all the things we are,
    and all the many things we cannot be,
    our minds somehow fix on the distance far;
    our hearts soar linnet-high above us, free.
    We build our cages, frightened of our wings–
    and yet, shut tight inside, a bird still sings.

    Breathtaking.

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  10. Sue

     /  November 11, 2011

    Beautiful! Especially love, “retrace our stitches and pick out the lies.” great imagery.

    Reply
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