Misfit

Like a magnificent crystal chandelier
in the wake of a coarse wind.
Swaying erratically. Shards of glass colliding.
Each piece hitting, pinging,
clinking cacophonously.
She felt like this.

Except she was enclosed. Caged.
Stifled in some cold garment.
Arms wrapped around her torso
in comfortless embrace.
And the ceiling was bare.
And the walls were bare.

But she was that fixture,
except without light.
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Sia – Chandelier (Official Video) – YouTube

Sharing with dVerse for OLN where Bjorn is hosting from Sweden.

THANKS to Bjorn for pointing me to this video after my poem was posted with the photo below.    Bjorn’s poem written on October 2015  was inspired by the video. I wasn’t aware of dVerse at that time and never heard the song or saw the video until Bjorn mentioned it. The video does uncannily fit Misfit which is very eerie!  Stop by dVerse to post your own poem (the more the merrier) or to imbibe/read other posts. Tis an amazing place!

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46 thoughts on “Misfit

    • lillian August 25, 2016 / 9:26 am

      I just posted at your poem. Oh Bjorn – this is eerie….the video is disturbing and you’re correct….it fits with Misfit and the words here. I think I shall add it to my post and mention you — hope that is alright. This is really eerie, eerie, eerie!

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  1. Sanaa Rizvi (@rizvi_sanaa) August 25, 2016 / 3:20 pm

    Oh! this is such a powerful rendition ❤️ and yes it does fit right in with the music video. Beautifully haunting.

    Lots of love,
    Sanaa

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    • lillian August 25, 2016 / 5:43 pm

      Thank you Sanaa. It was so eerie to see this video after I’d composed the poem. Like with many of my poems, I have no idea where the idea came from. The chandelier popped into my head and my imagination went very eerie and dark side from there. And then to see this video? Oh my!

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  2. freyathewriter August 25, 2016 / 3:27 pm

    A chandelier with no light, with no sumptuous surroundings – what a terrible shame. Beautiful.

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  3. Morgan August 25, 2016 / 3:30 pm

    powerfully and emotionally poignant. Caged and silent, shattering, yet unseen. Powerful Indeed!

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    • lillian August 25, 2016 / 5:44 pm

      Thank you for your thoughtful read, Morgan. So nice to meet you here!

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  4. kim881 August 25, 2016 / 3:33 pm

    Fragile as glass and without light – a wonderful metaphor for vulnerability, which fits in with Sean’s poem.

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    • lillian August 25, 2016 / 5:45 pm

      Bjorn has made it a special day at dVerse including Sean in such a positive way.

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  5. kanzensakura August 25, 2016 / 3:46 pm

    Yes indeed. A chandelier without light…And the ceiling was bare. And the walls were bare…shattering powerful image, the cacophony of sound without light. Devastating.

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    • lillian August 25, 2016 / 5:46 pm

      I cam always count on you Toni to feel the mood in my writing. Thank you my friend!

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  6. Shawna August 25, 2016 / 3:58 pm

    Damn, I can feel every word of this so deeply. I can barely bring myself to pick a favorite, but I think this hits me the hardest:

    “Arms wrapped around her torso
    in comfortless embrace.”

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    • lillian August 25, 2016 / 5:47 pm

      Thank you for your thoughtful read, Shawna. So nice to see you here today. I somehow think the misfits in this world may sometimes be the sanest.

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      • Shawna August 26, 2016 / 9:20 am

        Ha. I like that thought. 🙂 They’re the most honest, I think … with themselves and with others. That’s probably why they/we so often feel rejected.

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  7. Bryan Ens August 25, 2016 / 4:25 pm

    love the metaphor of this! Feeling like a chandelier, but without the light…

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    • lillian August 25, 2016 / 5:49 pm

      Thank you Bryan. Without the light: the love, the support, the caring — all forms of light. Some people live in darkness during the daylight hours.

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    • lillian August 25, 2016 / 5:50 pm

      Yes. Thank you for the thoughtful read, Linda.
      Some people, as I said to another, live their hell on earth – live in darkness even during the daylight hours.

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  8. Kay August 25, 2016 / 5:59 pm

    Beautiful and haunting, indeed. A wonderful pairing!

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  9. Glenn Buttkus August 25, 2016 / 6:33 pm

    We misfits, loose cannons, pariahs & poets salute you. For some reason I found madness in the poem, a woman in a straitjacket who is embracing abstract obtuse thought/symbolism.

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    • lillian August 25, 2016 / 6:41 pm

      Actually, I also pictured her in a strait jacket when I originally wrote it. The video shifts that a bit.

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    • Shawna August 26, 2016 / 9:21 am

      Ha. That sounds like me. 😉

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  10. Grace August 25, 2016 / 7:39 pm

    I love how you described her:

    But she was that fixture,
    except without light.

    A great metaphor to use Lillian!

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    • lillian August 26, 2016 / 5:38 am

      thank you, Grace. Smiling I am early this morning, over my first cup!

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  11. sreejaharikrishnan August 26, 2016 / 2:55 am

    After reading, felt something so silently dark…the video with its song and eerie visuals added to it. Very powerful!

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    • lillian August 26, 2016 / 5:40 am

      Yes. The poem was already written and posted with the photograph. And then Bjorn from dVerse commented on it, mentioning the video and how the poem seemed to address the video. So I went and looked at the video and he was right. So eerie — to find a video that fits with a poem that is quite different from anything else I’ve written. So very glad you “enjoyed” — not sure if enjoyed is the right word, when, as you say, this is from the dark side. Thank you for your thoughtful read.

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  12. Misky August 26, 2016 / 7:19 am

    I’m also drawn to that last stanza, Lillian. Well done on the entire piece.

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    • lillian August 26, 2016 / 7:28 am

      Always wonderful to see a comment from you, Misky. Thank you so very much — glad you enjoyed!

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    • lillian August 26, 2016 / 11:53 am

      You’re welcome — and glad you enjoyed my post!

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  13. ladynyo August 26, 2016 / 9:47 am

    Powerful and short poem. Its leanness gives it punch. And haunting.

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    • lillian August 26, 2016 / 10:04 am

      So glad you enjoyed. I like the idea of a “lean” poem. In an online class I took about a year ago, the instructor said “look for the poem within a poem.” That would be the definition of lean! 🙂

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      • ladynyo August 26, 2016 / 10:15 am

        try tanka or flashers…..those are lean, too…but tanka is deceptive.

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    • lillian August 27, 2016 / 9:45 am

      Yes. Sometimes my writing goes to the dark side even though I’m a very happy person!

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