The Artful Dodger/Poetry




The Artful Dodger

Pain, Pain, go away,

she sees you lurking there, just

around the corner of her fortress.


She is too swift for your

cruel intentions, as she slips

 into the shadows  of anonymity.


Clever girl learns to smile.

So brilliant, the brave farce of

tranquil abundant peace she conveys.


‘Tis merely slight of hand,

the magic of the unseen, for

the apathetic audience fooled.


Icy fingers grasp her hair as

she trembles ‘neath the cold

chill of sorrow closing in.


Lights her candle in the dark

to ward off the evil winds

of despair that blow around her.


Whispers her vespers into the night,

sleep coming all too slowly,

and with it, sweet dreams of freedom.


Awakes before the light of dawn

casts long shadows across

her open heart,-bleeding, tender, free.


Quickly wraps herself in silken

scarves, woolen cloak, her armor

of insignificant splendor once more.


Beneath the smudged cheeks

lie delicate petals, soft and sweet,

hungry for love’s passionate bloom.


Begging for alms as she peers

around dark corners, trusting

no one, lest sorrow be that guest.


None but death may come upon

her sitting patiently and ready

to take the hand that offers sweet repose.


Cheryl KP










7 thoughts on “The Artful Dodger/Poetry

  1. I would add to that request. This is a wonderful poem. It makes me think. At first I think I understand, and then I think about something else. That’s what poetry should do.


  2. “Beneath the smudged cheeks
    lie delicate petals, soft and sweet,
    hungry for love’s passionate bloom.”

    Thus spake the bard. Good work, Cheryl. Much enjoyed.


  3. I want this poem in some type of keepsake format. I don’t even know if that makes sense, but I really love this one and I want to carry it around with me somehow! 🙂


    1. I am so happy you liked the poem Lysa. I am compiling my poetry for a book which I hope to get going very soon. I have had so many requests for ine that I really feel I must get to it. Thanks again for reading. I am honored you like it. 🙂


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