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Doll Heads

I know a Bridge City girl
who collects doll heads
chipped noses, broken ears,
frozen eyes and oblivious smiles

she displays them on her dresser
and her night stand
she glues them to her headboard
a broken head
from a broken toy
for each broken boy
she has destroyed

the plastic trophies
of a plastic anger

a plastic palm tree in a pine forest

she is subtly enraged
more than a little
passive-aggressive
and
bruised
from head to heart
to heel

un-able to feel

happi-ness

or under-
stand
hopeful-ness

and yet
so seductive

she
propagates her pain
with each de-capitation
re-enforcing her resignation
to sleep in darkness
surrounded by
empty doll heads
vacant doll stares

she hangs head-less limb-less torsos
on black canvas with razor wire
bound in black electrical tape
clear saran wrap
and scraps of leather

she's never told me
what she does with the arms or legs
and
I've never asked
I've never even tried to guess
I've just
kept my head
and my hands
to
my self
and I walk away
awake

saying

good-bye Portland
and
dark adventures
dark hearts
and
that handful
of true friends

your winged monkeys
had their way with me for too long
it just makes it that much easier
to
walk away today...especially in pursuit
of
tomorrow

it's been a nice wake
but now
I’m heading home
to finish writing that book
of
love poems,
before
tomorrow’s
gone

------
~Drake Lightle

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drakelightle@comcast.net


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The following comments are for "Doll Heads"
by DeletedUser

I know that girl...
or at least I know someone very like her... "bruised/ from head to heart/ to heel" and "she
propagates her pain/ with each de-capitation" are great lines. taut as a drum-skin this one. on fine form.

( Posted by: AuldMiseryGuts [Member] On: November 12, 2006 )

i think i used to know
the girl you're writing about, the only difference was she displayed the REAL heads of "...each broken boy she has destroyed."

good solid writing here.

john.

( Posted by: johnjohndoe [Member] On: November 12, 2006 )

Doll Headless and Free
Your discriptions from the real to the surreal were flawless. This is classic and I believe everyone has met a girl along these lines.

( Posted by: BAAL [Member] On: November 13, 2006 )

The collective suffering of the Doll House...
...thanks for the read and comments AuldMiseryGuts, johnjohndoe, and BAAL.

johnjohndoe...did she shrink them and stitch their eyes and mouths shut, head-hunter status? That would make for a love-lie collection of trophies of vanity and pride.

Strangely, I find some comfort knowing that we've all met the wicked witch...why I don't know, since it means there's more than one of these un-dead creatures roaming the face of this planet in search of a harvest.

I'm glad I met her, even if it was only to learn the lesson to 'keep your head.'

( Posted by: DeletedUser [Member] On: November 13, 2006 )





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