From a mannequin

My hands: put them back,
Where they always used to be,
Bend me in my waist, rest my
Eyes over at thee.

Wrap me in your merchandise,
Put me by the door,
Staring at the desolate,
I beseech, entreat, implore.

Lift chin with your hands bare,
Keep my poise at rest,
Move my body, tear me down,
And leave me to protest.

Detach me into pieces scorner,
You hope for it to sting?
Try to hurt me human dear,
I’ll never feel a thing.

Dress me all you want to,
Peel my pearl white skin,
You wish for me to feel the pain,
But I’m left a mannequin!

88 Comments Add yours

  1. Maseera says:

    This is eerily beautiful and thought provoking! It feels like I’m looking through the mannequin’s eyes. And the rhymes are bang on!

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so so very much M. There’s this line I read a line somewhere that read ” everybody can be human, not everyone humane, and I’m so glad you got what what I wanted to convey. Peace and greetings ๐Ÿ’›

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much Aakansha. It turns out I haven’t checked my spam folder for quite a lot of time. Thank you for your gracious award nomination. I however have to decline because of some time constraints. I’m so sorry. I hope you understand!

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  3. Shanyu says:

    Stupid auto correct.

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  4. Wow very well written!
    And the details are like so on point!!
    Had fun reading it

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much dearest poet. I’m glad to have such wonderful readers like you. Please take care.
      Peace,
      Shanyu!

      Liked by 1 person

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  6. lobobehan says:

    I like this, the expectation of what it can bring makes my mind think and nice piece of writing I like it very much yours M. L. Behan

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much. Your compliment means a lot. Peace and greetings from Sui generis ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’›
      Yours,
      Shanyu.

      Like

  7. lobobehan says:

    I like this, the way you interweave the different contrasts within your writing keep it up it’s very intriguing hope to read more in the future. M. L. Behan.

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much. I’m humbled with those words of yours.

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  8. I will watch at them with my private eyes and think…EEEKKK! ๐ŸŽƒ

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    1. Shanyu says:

      I know right? Thank you for stopping by. Peace โœŒ๏ธ

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  9. Congratulations! You have been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award! Please check my post for further details:
    https://theshubhsterdiaries.com/2020/07/09/another-sunshine-blogger-award-nomination/

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much dearest poet. I’m so glad that you found me worthy of it. I however have to turn the nomination down because of some time constraints. I hope you understand. Thank you for the nomination. It is very kind of you. Peace and greetings from Sui generis ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’›

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  10. Sakshi says:

    I have nominated you for the sunshine blogger Award

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much dearest blogger. I however have to turn this nomination down due to time constraints. I hope you understand. I’m very honoured to be nominated for this but I am so sorry. Peace and greetings ๐Ÿ’›

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      1. Sakshi says:

        That’s completely fine, I understand

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      2. Shanyu says:

        I’m glad you do. It was a gracious nomination indeed!

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  11. This is so dramatic. You play well with verbs!

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much! I’m so glad that you’re here. Peace and greetings!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. You are very welcome, Shanyu!

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      2. Shanyu says:

        ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ˜Š

        Liked by 1 person

  12. Katy Claire says:

    Gorgeous writing! And so creative, wow! ๐Ÿ’•

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much! Thank you for stopping by!

      Liked by 1 person

  13. Beck says:

    What a fun poem. I love this!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much!

      Liked by 1 person

  14. Jay Bleu says:

    Superb. So glad you found me ๐Ÿ˜Ž

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much. I hope you’ll enjoy the other of my works too. Peace and greetings from Sui generis ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’›

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Jay Bleu says:

        I’m sure I will. I also try hard to read most posts from my reader ๐Ÿ˜€

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      2. Shanyu says:

        Thank you for your kindness!

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  15. Very interesting. We like to believe we are masters of many beings and objects, but who knows what silent defiance they may hide.

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much. I absolutely agree. We are indeed masters of many beings but we don’t know what they feel. Humans have even treated other humans as mannequins and that is really disturbing…

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  16. Nima Mohan says:

    You have a fine mastery with words, pal..
    Well done !!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much dearest poet!

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  17. Lia says:

    This is really good. ๐Ÿ’› Love the first stanza especially. ๐Ÿ‘Œ Sometimes I think inanimate objects have feelings… :))

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much. I could not agree more with what you say! Glad to have you here. Peace and greetings from Sui generis ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’›
      Yours,
      Shanyu

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  18. Oh wow!! This is wonderful !!!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much. I’m glad you like it!

      Like

  19. Wow. You induce such thoughts in your poetry ๐Ÿงก๐Ÿงก

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much dearest. Thank you for stopping by.

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      1. I am glad to connect. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      2. Shanyu says:

        And it is just wonderful!

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  20. jonicaggiano says:

    Very thought provoking. Beautifully written with your timing, use of metaphors, and rhythm drawing us in. I think we have all felt as though we have been treated inhumanly at one time or another. As if we have no emotions or feelings at all.
    It is a painful thing which you capture in this piece, yet we move forward. So well written Shanyu. I love the truth in this piece. Wouldnโ€™t it be nice if no one ever had to feel this way again.
    Blessings to you and all your loved ones my friend. Love ๐Ÿ’• Joni

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Hey Joni. Thank you so very much. That is such a wonderful comment. The day could not get any better. Thank you so much for this gracious read. Very kind words. Really very very kind.
      I am so glad to hear the meaning of the poem right as I had rehearsed in my head coming from

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      1. jonicaggiano says:

        My pleasure Shanyu. I wish I could say I have never been treated in such a way – in fact I wish the world was a kinder place but I understood all too well the written words of your poem my friend. Hugs to you and all your loved ones. ๐Ÿ’•โค๏ธ๐ŸŒž๐Ÿค—Joni

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      2. Shanyu says:

        Hey Joni, I guess I had some weird thing here, my comment just ended abruptly. I have it figured out and just posted it.
        As for the poem, yes, I truly agree. I hope no body has to ever go through this feeling and I hope it isn’t true. But aw shucks, it is and all one can do is stay strong.
        Thank you for your kind words. You are so kind dear friend. So so kind. Thank you for being here.
        Looking forward to coming across you in the future.
        Hugs
        Shanyu!

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      3. jonicaggiano says:

        Blessings to you my friend. I was having trouble doing any comments from reader today it was just shutting me out. WordPress does a great job and a lot more traffic. I got your message though. You take care and I will definitely read more of your great work. Love ๐Ÿ’• and hugs, stay safe too.

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      4. Shanyu says:

        I agree. It does get weird. I hope your problem’s solved. Thank you for your presence and wonderful comments. Love.
        Shanyu

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      5. jonicaggiano says:

        My pleasure my friend. Love to you. โค๏ธ๐Ÿ’•

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      6. Shanyu says:

        Love to you too๐Ÿ’›

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    2. Shanyu says:

      Hey Joni. Thank you so very much. That is such a wonderful comment. The day could not get any better. Thank you so much for this gracious read. Very kind words. Really very very kind.
      I am so glad to hear the meaning of the poem right as I had rehearsed in my head coming from a reader. You got exactly what I was going after. It always is disheartening how a human can be treated less human by his own kind. And yes, so many times do we fall into the hand of being mannequins, mere spectators of the game of life.
      Exactly what I was going after. I agree when you say that it would be such a better place if no one ever had to feel this way. I hope nobody does.
      Peace to you and and all your loved ones. You really made my day!
      Shanyu.

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      1. jonicaggiano says:

        My pleasure, it was a terrific poem and it was impactful. I certainly got your message and letโ€™s hope people start being kinder my friend. Love ๐Ÿ’• and hugs ๐Ÿค— Joni

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      2. Shanyu says:

        Thank you. I really wish that too. What a wonderful place the world would become!

        Liked by 1 person

      3. jonicaggiano says:

        It certainly would. Blessings to you have a magnificent day. Love ๐Ÿ’• Joni

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      4. Shanyu says:

        Have a wonderful day too.

        Liked by 1 person

  21. J. M. Lilin says:

    Wow. Really, really brilliant. Keep up the spectacular writing.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much J. I’m so glad to have you here.

      Liked by 1 person

  22. Halbarbera says:

    Great rhymes:

    There seem to be a lot of mannequin political talking heads and news readers!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much! Ha ha I totally agree!

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  23. Not going to lie, the next time that I get to visit the stores, I’m going to look at mannequins in a new light.

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Haha! I hope I haven’t scared you!

      Liked by 1 person

    1. Shanyu says:

      I’m glad I haven’t. Thank you for your presence.
      Be well.

      Liked by 1 person

  24. Navin says:

    Deeper meaning all the wayโ€ฆ.so many layers if I start peeling the skin

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much my friend. You are so kind. Love to hear how you felt after reading the poem. Take care.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Navin says:

        Your welcome….take care as well.

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  25. Like!! Great article post.Really thank you! Really Cool.

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  26. Tanya says:

    This is simply wow, itโ€™s dark and so eerie, reminded me of Hollow Man by T.S Elliot glad to have found your blog. Great writing.

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much T! You are making me smile๐Ÿค—. It is such a wonderful thing to say! I’m so glad you got it in the depths, without which iris just a poem about a store mannequin. Thank you so much dear. I’m beaming.
      By the way, I haven’t actually read the hollow man, but am vaguely familiar to TS Eliot. Thank you. I’ll read him just soon. Take care.

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      1. Tanya says:

        My pleasure, do reflect on my writings when ever you get time would love to read your insight. Chao!

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      2. Shanyu says:

        I surely will. It’s always wonderful to read from amazing poets such as yourself.
        Ciao!

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      3. Tanya says:

        ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’

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  27. This is beautiful. I never thought a mannequin could think like this.. Amazing โค๏ธ

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much. I never had thought of it myself until I decided to write this poem.

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  28. So well written. I enjoyed it ๐Ÿ’–

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Wow! I’m so glad to have you here. Thank you.

      Like

    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you mate!

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      1. Shanyu says:

        ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž

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  29. There is nothing I can say that you’ve never heard.

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    1. Shanyu says:

      That is such a nice that BG to say in itself. Please know I appreciate your presence. Have a fantastic day.

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      1. Peace and blessings 2 yaโœŒ

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      2. Shanyu says:

        Likewise ๐Ÿ˜Š

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