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Junkyard Dolly

05.30.18 Posted in today's words by

Charlene James-Duguid’s most recent poem to appear here was “Physics” (April 2018)

Junkyard Dolly
By Charlene James-Duguid

I feel like a junkyard dolly.
My only friend is gone, gone, gone.
He ran ‘way with a circus of Celts,
Never to come home again.

So they tossed me away,
For no reason at all.
Left out in the rain to chill and die
For no reason at all, at all, at all.

Without my friend, who ran and ran,
Away to the Carnival’s call.
I’m sad, sad, sad
For his hand, hand, hand
But he’s gone, gone, gone,
To a Big Top somewhere
With the roar of a lion
And rusty brass band.

I sat on the dung heap,
So still, so still,
Never a question, a sound.
Giving a smile whenever I could,
Waiting for his return.

But he’s gone, gone, gone,
To a Big Top somewhere
Hearing the roar and the band.

My pinafore kept clean, my shoes out of mud,
My curls curling best as I could, battered, not broken
On top of the past,
Watching for his return.

Too ugly, too old, too out-of-date,
Unneeded in The Land of Now.
I sit so still, so still,
A smile when I can,
Waiting for him to return,
From the Celtic circus, the roar, and the band.

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