Dancer in the Music Box

A small make of beauty, propped up on a pedestal,

Staring at nothing, not happy, no smile.

No one is watching but a little boy, cranking it up so it click, click, clicks.

A mouse scurries into his hole, upsetting the dust in the corner and sending a cobweb waving like a sail.

The child must stand on tiptoes to see, he is too small, just a little one.

Small make of beauty, staring ahead, staring at nothing begins to turn.

Turns to the music, sad, lax and rusty.

Long gone unturned, long left untuned.

Small face and tiny pointed feet, staring through large blue eyes, staring at nothing.

The birds have all gone, only sparrows are left, flittering around leafless bushes, lifeless trees.

They peck at the glass, they pick up the shells of seeds, long ago scattered in the snow.

And the small plastic princess spins for the boy.

She cannot see him, her eyes are fixed, fixed on the walls, staring at nothing.

Raptured by beauty, the boy winds her up again, standing on tiptoe, still very small.

His mother will not call him, she has died long ago.

This house, too, an orphan, with only one piece of song.

Spinning round, joined as one, the doll and the orphan.

But he does not dance; he is too small.

He only watches, but by watching, he is loved.

Loved, but not taken, not held and not kissed.

High in her box, staring at nothing, trapped in her dance, forced to turn by a small child’s hand.

Small make of beauty, do dolls know how to cry?

College life leaves little to no time for blogging, so I’m sorry this was not as carefully edited as some of my other poems. I just wanted to get something out and didn’t want to leave it on the backburner, waiting to be edited.

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Thank you for reading 🙂

Leah, thedragonflynet

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5 Replies to “Dancer in the Music Box”

  1. I’ve only read one post and I’m already in love with your poetic soul and your stream of consciousness writing. So beautiful. Thank you for putting your authentic self out there for us to celebrate. Looking forward to read more! Follow my blog if you relate to it! It was so nice to know you!💕

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    1. Thank you, I’m glad you liked it! Be sure to follow my blog if you would like more!
      I did check out your blog and it is very beautifully set up and I can very much relate, so thanks for the invite to follow you! 🙂

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      1. Sure! I’ll follow you. Thank you too for the invite.

        I nominate you to write answers to some very interesting questions. I’m very sure you’ll have immense fun answering them just like I did!
        Please leave a comment on the above linked post stating the link to your answers post if you acknowledge it so that I don’t miss it! Have a great time answering! Hope to be hearing from you soon!

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      2. Hey, I was wondering if I could have your permission to provide a link to your sight when I post my answers to the 30 questions. Also, what is your name, or do you just use your blog title?

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