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What a Doll

For Poppy’s Challenge

By Stephanie HoogstadPublished 4 months ago 1 min read
What a Doll
Photo by Didssph on Unsplash

Author’s Note: The following is for Poppy’s most recent prompt/challenge. To participate, follow the link below.

A Babushka doll

Blushing cheeks, colorful clothes

Painted and pretty


A Babushka doll

Firm, smooth, perfectly fragile

Solidly crafted


A Babushka doll

Large then small and small again

More and more complex


A Babushka doll

The tiniest of them all

Cracked and forgotten


A Babushka doll

Nesting inside another

Hide from prying eyes


A Babushka doll

Falling out into my hand

Unloved and worn down


A Babushka doll

Newly cleaned and refurbished

Now revitalized


A Babushka doll

Tucked back in her resting place

A smile on her face

By Iza Gawrych on Unsplash


About the Creator

Stephanie Hoogstad

With a BA in English and MSc in Creative Writing, writing is my life. I have edited and ghost written for years with some published stories and poems of my own.

Learn more about me: thewritersscrapbin.com

Support my writing: Patreon

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  • Celia in Underland3 months ago

    This had such a rhythmic quality to it, almost like a Russian song. The repetition works brilliantly!

  • Poppy 3 months ago

    First of all, I loved the image you chose. Secondly, you use of repetition was captivating. "The tiniest of them all Cracked and forgotten" That especially pulled on my heartstrings. Great job!

  • Novel Allen3 months ago

    I wish I were those dolls, i could tuck in and go hide. Then come out and get refurbished. I love it.

  • This has a beautiful progression... a little girl's treasured possesion; gradual loss of value as she out grows it & then full circle & valued again... love it!

  • Hannah Moore4 months ago

    I really enjoyed the hopefulness of this.

  • Oh this was absolutely wonderful! So pleasant and optimistic! I loved it!

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