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Marionette Strings

written by: Christina Ciufo



Burgundy curtains rise

from our oval stage called



On the banister above,

your amber callous eyes

inspecting over my vulnerable,

lumped body on the floor.


White strings coiled

around your meticais fingers,

anticipating for the orchestra

to perform your nefarious

and disillusioned composition

for naïve ears to listen.


You pull the string;

my scared body rises.


Your index finger rises;

my limped arm rises.


Your thumb twitches;

my battered elbow bends.


Your hands lift, clutches,

and wrenches;

I moan from your scorching movement.

My body contorts and flinches

from your carnivorous, licentious



Like a heart surgeon, inserting your knife’s sharp point

into each palpitating vein,

you orchestrate your licentious thoughts

and cravings into my being, surrendering

into becoming possessed by your impious,

devious, tangled mind.


Burgundy curtains plummet

from our oval stage called



Adequate grin and flickering malice eyes

inspect my limped, scared body,

while I dirge, despondent, phantom tears

of being your marionette.

Christina Ciufo

Christina Ciufo

Christina Ciufo is a passionate writer of poetry, short stories, flash fiction, and fables; she is completing her first novel. From a young age, she always had a passion for writing stories and poems, specifically fairytales, folklore, supernatural, and horror. She enjoys writing about these genres in various forms because she believes that telling stories about supernatural forces evokes a haunting and terrifying imagination that brings joy and fright. After graduating Sacred Heart University with a BA in English, she continued to expand her writing abilities at Manhattanville College’s MFA Creative Writing Program and by May 2017, graduated with an MFA degree in Creative Writing. She has recently completed Sacred Heart University's Education Program in December 2018 with a MAT in Teaching in both elementary and secondary and is currently a Sunday School Teacher at St. Timothy's. She has appeared in Gravitas, Spillwords, Ovunque Siamo, Nymphs I Writers, Vamp Cat Magazine, Nightingale & Sparrow, and Truly Review.
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