The Antique Dollhouse by Lucy Whitehead

How many small hands

have opened up

the front of this house,

with its latticed tin shutters,

its smudged glass,

breaking apart its neat

Tudor stripes

with a creak, peering

into rooms, rearranging

the lives within?

Today we’ve made

a feast of Fimo

for the people who

have no doors.

With hardboard walls

between them, how

can they escape

their tiny housebound

lives? To reach each other,

do they have to shout?

Or have they stopped


after all this time?

When no one is looking,

do they bang their heads


the wallpapered


Lucy Whitehead writes haiku and poetry. Her haiku have appeared in various international journals and anthologies and her poetry has been published or is forthcoming in Amethyst Review, Anti-Heroin Chic, Barren Magazine, Black Bough Poetry, Burning House Press, Collective Unrest, Electric Moon Magazine, Ghost City Review, Mookychick Magazine, Neon Mariposa Magazine, Pussy Magic, Re-side, and Twist in Time Magazine. You can find her on Twitter @blueirispoetry.

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