If #whatdoyousee

if I change my ways,
will you then set me free?
from this cage so small
tied down and trapped?

if I promise I won’t run away
will you tell me something gay
will you free me from this bondage?
or will you just keep me in a cage?

If I try harder to live independently
will you give me my sweet, ultimate freedom?

– says the mouse trapped in the basket, like a pet-

 

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Image credit- Pixabay- S Hermann and F Richter

( For the visually challenged reader, the image shows a tiny mouse sitting in a wicker basket. There are a couple of grocery lists and some dry pantry items in the background)

For Sadje’s  What Do You See? https://lifeafter50forwomen.com/2020/07/20/what-do-you-see-39-20-july-2020/

Published by michnavs

Philippine-born Michelle Navajas, currently residing in Malaysia. Michelle authored the book “After – Rain Skies: A Million Stars” for PWW during their Million Stars campaign. Graduated with a Master of Education majoring in English in the Philippines, Michelle was a former college professor, teaching literature, speech & oral communication, creative writing, drama, and theatre arts. Michelle is active in her writing profession and works as a freelance creative writer. Michelle passionately blogs at www.michnavs.wordpress.com, where you can find her prose and poetry on love, life, motherhood, and her advocacy on abuse and violence. A published author on Spillwords NYC https://spillwords.com/what-if-snowflakes-dont-fall-in-winter/ Her poem “Again” is published on three platforms, on MEDIUM -an International Writers and Readers Space, AFRICA WRITERS CARAVAN, and at WOMAWORDS LITERARY PRESS. kindly go check the following links –https://womawordsliterarypress.home.blog/2020/06/29/imagining-life-after-the-ravaging-virulent-covid-19-pandemic-a-special-journal/ –https://personalitiesofinspiration.wordpress.com/2020/06/29/imagining-life-after-covid-19-a-womawords-june-edition/

82 thoughts on “If #whatdoyousee

      1. a very sad reality..and when these pets are old enough and can’t do the fun things that used to amuse the owners, they live them elsewhere. i too have witnessed many cats being abandoned by irresponsible owners

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  1. You’ve done it again! The mouse needs love and yet wants to be free of the human. It could be the same of someone who is bound to another with love and yet wants to be free. Beautiful poem. Thanks for joining in the challenge

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      1. You are always welcome dear and you know Mich I too feel so nice when I see you on my blog too. Feels so nice to be friends with few of our bloggers and thank you for being a lovely friend. Love and hugs to you Mich.

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  2. We all can relate to the caged one. Our individual prisons are generally of our own doing – and like the mouse we could, if we had the courage, just jump out of the confinement and be free. Instead we wait for someone to be our hero and set us free…

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    1. I agree Val…we have this fascination of a “Knight in Shining Armor”, who will come rescue us from…but in the end we dont need anybody’s help because we can actually do it..

      I am glad this little piece triggered thoughts beyond the mouse itself..

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  3. Oh, those eyes, that face, that nose, those whiskers! So cute! 🙂

    And your poem is wonderful, SweetMich…a perfect mouse-y perspective! 🙂

    When we feel like that little mouse…”caged” emotionally or physically…we want to be set free. 🙂
    (((HUGS)))
    🐭 🐭 🐭

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    1. Ahhh thank you so much Carolyn…as i was saying earlier in my previous replies i am so happy that you guys have read beyond the mouse itself trapped in the basket..i am so lucky to have you all on board..

      Take care Carolyn.

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      1. You’re welcome!
        Your poem here got me thinking today…often we cage ourselves…in our mind, in our actions, etc…and we mustn’t do that to ourselves. We should be kinder to ourselves. 🙂

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