"I know not how much longer I can last.
A suicide or a murder?
Tis not a question I can answer,
for I am merely the victim, a penholder."

Alas: a murder.

Swan Song

by alice oiseau




I was not made for a cage!

You are devouring me.





And apathy

take hold of you.

Open your damn eyes.

Your veins run cold

and I trace them as I trace my steps back

to when I first found refuge.


I loved you.

You were a sanctuary,

serene, like still waters.

The same waters I lay by




The very same waters I can no longer see.


A bird must fly

and feel a midsummer night's breeze

against the softest of wings.

But you have caged me!

You have suffocated me

to almost


and total




Thirsting for Calliope.

Tenderly she whispers in the ear

of a caged and dying poet.

There is hope.


Not here.


From the ashes

there lies the memory

of once upon a time...

But from the ashes

a new byrd will rise.




Submitted: March 23, 2009

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crystal aqua

wow...... that was amazing!! no words could describe how wonderful that poem was. beautiful picture at the end btw. :]

Tue, March 24th, 2009 2:46am


Et tu, Alice ?


Wed, March 25th, 2009 6:45am


I agree, you definitely have some talent. This is a great poem.

I particularly like the way you have broken down the structure into number stanza and the crescendo effect you’ve created with formatting. Both of these elements work particularly well for this poem.

The imagery is also quite vivid and compelling.

I for one would certainly not ever want to cage you. \

Keep writing.

Mon, April 6th, 2009 3:05am


This is absolutely beautiful! I noticed the most the vivid imagery, the way the lines are formatted to control the pacing, and the well-chosen diction. You definitely have a talent. :D

Sat, April 11th, 2009 7:00am


This is absolutely amazing! I love the style! Very nice. I sense that you will someday become a very famous poet, studied in high school English classes. :)

Sat, April 11th, 2009 5:59pm

cheeky sally

absolutely beautiful. 'nuff said. :)

Tue, April 21st, 2009 9:59pm


jesus you're brilliant. I loved the whole thing :) like always, you're words are inspiring and beautiful, they always make me FEEL something, you know? God, listen to me, I might as well be bowing to you, ahah. Anyway, glad to be back and reading your work :) Keep it up, and always tell me when you post something new, btw, I'll always read ;)

Wed, August 5th, 2009 9:10pm


I love this so much you have no idea.

The first two stanzas are just so amazing. It instantly puts you in the mood. The "one by one" and "day by day" parts are just so genius.

Arrgh! You are just so talented. I really wish I'd stayed on booksie through last year but now I just have to make up for lost time :P

Tue, January 5th, 2010 12:37am


I really like how you used structure to actually "paint" your poem, I like to do that too lol. Very good stuff

Sat, January 30th, 2010 9:55pm


Wandered my way back to Booksie, sad to see you're gone! What a lovely poem, Alice. I definitely miss the old Booksie days, so let me know if you're posting your work anywhere else.

- Stephanee

Wed, April 21st, 2010 2:56pm

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