beware of paper dolls

beware of paper dolls

A Poem by Cherrie Palmer

You love her on the page I see 

as you trace along the lines

 she is not a paper doll

but 

flesh and blood with a mind

 passions birthed of need not ink

I hope is what you find

for she's made not of paper

for tears to streak

you 

cannot undo the knowing 

once you see her true

 so,

before you clip the edges

beware,

what you see 

is not 

all you get

© 2019 Cherrie Palmer


Author's Note

Cherrie Palmer
this one is still a maybe
My overall intent was: when up close and in living color the overall package is alls more than we expect.
But I see how it overlaps with the internet alert.

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"You don't lose when you lose fake friends." Joan Jett

Kids will make friends with toys and form an emotional bond to a particular stuffed toy or blanket. They do not consider the love they feel in return is imagined. They only know that it is comforting to them. But I must wonder how many adults also fool themselves into believing in a non-existent love for comfort, stability or security. Paper people and plastic people never get their feelings hurt because they haven't any. But I've found every great reward comes with risk and work attached. I want to make tee shirts with the slogan: LOVE IS: Hard work, responsibility and sacrifice. But I'm afraid they might not fare very well with people under 50 years of age. (smile)

Posted 1 Month Ago


Cherrie Palmer

1 Month Ago

Maybe, that 1st love that teddy bear maybe filled with more perfection than any to follow.
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At my age, any type of doll is worth considering
I think

Posted 4 Months Ago


Cherrie Palmer

4 Months Ago

Lol well then beware of paper cuts :)
For much of my life, I've gotten the paper doll perspective from many men & you've nailed it here with a satisfying but gentle swipe. Men always told me: "it's a shame a gal as pretty as you doesn't have a man!" I guess being pretty is only useful for catching a man! Somehow I was never able to follow that thread! *wink! wink!* The paper doll motif of your poem is perfectly conceived & well crafted (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

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Posted 5 Months Ago


Cherrie Palmer

5 Months Ago

sometimes people cannot look past their image of someone and really see them (for good or bad). We l.. read more
Cherrie... your poem reminds me of the song Paper Doll by the Mills Brothers ...
released 1987. Yours is short and sweet... but true to heart.. as ever, Pat

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Posted 5 Months Ago


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Cherrie Palmer

5 Months Ago

Thank you Pat:)
Cherrie,
You speak truth in this piece . . . we are more than our physical image. I think that's what poetry tries to convey.

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Posted 5 Months Ago


Cherrie Palmer

5 Months Ago

I responded to this yesterday and for some reason it didn't stick. I'm not sure why, I guess a poo.. read more
kentuck14

5 Months Ago

that's a good way of saying it!
It is okay to admire outer beauty but we must remember that beat it is heart and mind. So we must be respectful of defining people by how they look.

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Posted 6 Months Ago


I saw this title as, one of your wonderful children's poems so I was getting ready for that in my minds ear... But it is not:) Please don't think I'm complaining because this is all clever really clever i love your juxtaposition between the lines of a paper doll and the lines of a person just delicious it is easy to embrace the traces of the digital persona and equally easy to project upon them too.

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Posted 6 Months Ago


Cherrie Palmer

6 Months Ago

Funny thing is this title made me think of Mr. Bill (play dough man from the 70's)
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DAH
There's a force of ambition in this write that allows
readers in; it's crystal-clear in message; it flows
in such a way that the first line is a current, soft
and natural. It pulls you ...

Bravo!
DAH






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Posted 6 Months Ago


Cherrie Palmer

6 Months Ago

Thank you DAH
Some things when I write, I sit back and smile and for the most part I'm h.. read more
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Rye
WOW!! TOTALLY LOVE THIS WRITE.
Wonderful flow and just simply amazing

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Posted 6 Months Ago


Cherrie Palmer

6 Months Ago

Thank you i had fun with it.
I see this as falling in love with someone's words and mistaking them for the person who wrote them. Something I have certainly been guilty of. Painting your own thoughts and ideas from words read gives the writer no credit at all and will only lead to disappointment, no matter what.
Surely the best part of it is actually finding out what the person behind the words is like, rather than second guessing.
Despite what I just said, I still feel the word mansplaining pop into my head... And I'm a guy! 😀

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Cherrie Palmer
Cherrie Palmer

Oakland, AR



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I am a published poet and love poetry. My husband and I live near the White River, and love trout fishing. I find my surroundings a great inspiration to me. I also have two books on Amazon Kindle: O.. more..

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