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A Hundred Gourds 3:3 June 2014

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Marilyn Humbert - Australia


Plaything


I smile as she steps from doorway shadows into a shaft of sunlight. Her face registers nothing and she steps back over the threshold, closing the door.

fashionably dressed
black polka dots on white silk
a matching sash
face of carved wood
at her master’s command

a marionette hangs
in bedroom shadows —
thin hinged
arms, legs, torso and head
wait for the manipulator

forgotten
in a dusty corner
huddles
yesterday’s plaything
covered in cobwebs



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