Photo Challenge #32 “Contained”


Diphylla@Deviant Art

Safely contained

Petrified to step out

Afraid to venture

A fairy-tale princess

You wish,

Cocooned in your own fish bowl.

I’ve watched you

Read your words

Your self-flagellation

A pretence,

A barrier

Figment of your imagination.

Is it fear of the unknown?

Guilt of past sins?

A game your mind plays

On you

With you?

Where you ponder the world outside



Tighten your self appointed restraints

Until you stymie yourself.

You cannot move forwards nor backwards

Stuck, terrified

Denial is all embracing.

Should I reach out once more?

Offer refuge



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21 Responses to Photo Challenge #32 “Contained”

  1. I can relate this piece a lot that fear of the unknown, the guilt, the self-appointed restraint that you have depicted in the girl. There is an expression the comes to mind “The only limitations are those you place on yourself.” powerful stuff

  2. Lyn says:

    Self doubt can be a terribly debilitating thing. It makes you afraid to try and even when you succeed, you still doubt yourself ~sigh~ Wonderful insight, Michael.

  3. phylor says:

    When you loose your self-confidence, you lose a piece of your soul. It is like being stuck in the glass cover of an anniversary clock.
    Very true about those emotions of self-doubt and fear.

  4. Oh my gosh, this could describe me at certain times in my life. I’m stunned! It’s like I’ve walked into a fortune teller’s parlor and you’ve told me all about myself without me saying a word.
    My bit is a story.

  5. whimsygizmo says:

    Love the building nature of this, the constant questions. I felt this, deeply.

  6. Pat says:

    As so many have expressed – this is a powerful piece.

    All those negatives that we wrap and warp in our minds, giving them more weight than they deserve, leads to a crippling of the being, the spirit, the mind. Most difficult to step out of the “comfort zone” no matter how much we may hate it.

    I love the gentle offering of hope and love as you wrote it as an ending Michael. Beautiful 😀

  7. This kind of struck home.. I have been the take flight person rather than the stay and fight person. I was my own guard and I hated it! Loved this Michael…

  8. RoSy says:

    Too much self-doubt & staying in a comfort zone can be quite the restraint.

  9. Your words relate to many of your readers, I am no exception, doubting our abilities, cocooning ourselves. Sometimes yes, we need those others to reach out once more, to try to make us see the value of ourselves. Very nice Michael.

  10. Dear Michael. Your words are emotive, powerful, perfect. The message is clear. So many of us are prisoners of our minds, though many are unaware. The ending of reaching out with love, perspective, brought tears to my eyes. Not knowing how to help as you watch someone you love in pain. Thank you for expressing it so beautifully. LHN

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