Five Poems For Dolls by Margaret Atwood

behind glass in Mexico this claydol draws its lips back in a snarl despite its beautiful dusty Shaw it wishes to be lasers see how the dowels resent us with their bulging foreheads and minimal Chin's never allowed to bulb and swell their faces of little thugs this is not a smile this glossy mouth too stunted teeth the dowels gaze at us with a filmed eyes of killers there have always been dowels as long as there have been people in the trash heaps and abandoned temples the dolls pile up the Seas filling with them what causes them or are they God's causeless something to talk to when you have to talk something to throw against the wall a doll is a witness that cannot die with a dowel if you are never alone on the long journey under the earth in the boat with two pearls there were always dolls or did we make them because we needed to love someone and could not love each other it was love after all that rubbed the skins from their great cheeks crippled their fingers snarls her hair brown or dull gold hate would merely have smashed you change but the doll I made of you lives on a white body leaving in a sunlit window the features wearing away with time frozen in the gaunt pose of a single day holding those plaster hands your dial of me or all dolls come from the land of the unborn the almost ORN each doll is a future day a voice heard only on breathless nights a desolate white memento or these are the lost children those who have died or Figgins to 412 had gone away the dolls are their sons or cast skins which like the shells on our bedrooms and museums disguises out load of toys images of our sorrow shedding around themselves five inches

8 thoughts on “Five Poems For Dolls by Margaret Atwood

  1. Interesting , if slightly menacing poem…nicely done Ladyofire.

  2. @aTnavarrow Emma sounds like one hell of a woman…couldn't find any poems by her, however. Was she a poet as well as an anarchist?

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