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Rag doll

Start with half a pillow case. Cut two patterns, darn the ends. Take the flattened doll like shape, Stuff the softest rags within. Knit a round and fluffy ball. Double sew this sturdy nose. Then an attic box recalled Of forgotten baby clothes. Cuddle softly, puffy face. Whisper firmly, "Not a peep". Tuck it in its hiding place As the doorway slowly creaks. Button eyes that never blink, Painted lips that never speak. Would they could, we might rethink Just how safely children sleep. Gene Bourne 02-05-14

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Date: 2/20/2017 6:18:00 PM
This is amazing. Your use of a child's main source of comfort and security to convey a message of unspeakable evil against an innocent one is tough to read, yet brilliantly composed. The simplicity of your words so slowly reveal the dark truth, I was holding my breath, wanting desperately to stop it. You tackled a tragic topic with great care, one I wont soon forget. Excellent writing.:-) Congratulations on your feature placement:-) blessings, lynn
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Date: 4/22/2014 8:24:00 AM
Oh my goodness! amazing! Gene this was a unique subject, a descriptive poem and very great to read. Well done!
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Gene Bourne
Date: 4/22/2014 11:28:00 AM
Casarah...I appreciate your comments, concerning the composition and the dark "raison d'etre" of this poem. I attempted to "keep the lid on" until the final stanza.. The poem addresses, unfortunately a very tragic mesage based on reality....Your comments are much appreciated...Your PS friend....., Gene Bourne.