Paper Crowns

by CJ Maleney   Apr 11, 2017


The time is gone and over
I must relinquish my crown.
No-one wants to wear it
So I cast it to the ground.

Crushed beyond recognition,
Trampled underfoot.
That symbol of power that burdened so
That no one understood.

The weight of that inanimate thing,
It took me to my knees.
The emeralds could be formed from plastic
But now it's gone I'm free.

I never asked to rule
it was not my place, duty or call
But I chose to rise beyond myself
When others chose to fall.

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  • 8 months ago

    by Meena Krish

    I think the word "paper" in the title brought on a lot
    of images about children and how one was the ruler while
    the others followed..perhaps not so much enjoyed it.

    But then again under these lines this crown holds a lot
    of weight and when one decides to relinquish it that crown
    is easily thrown and trampled without any care. But the image
    of the kids are more vivid here and I like the rhyming till the
    end...nice :)