You Hold the Scissors

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Paper doll, you hold the scissors
Candy stripes up to your knee
Toadstool dress, and blood-red lipstick
You’re going to cut yourself free

Close your eyes and all you see are ink-
Mare spatters and drips
Other eyes and other tongues and teeth
And pale joyless lips

     No walls are real
     And yet they surround us
     Flat as they feel
     Their surface astounds us

White tomorrow, blank on both sides
But she turns the other way
Snowfield cut from postcard pipedream
From hothouse bird and bloom bouquet

     No walls are real
     And yet they surround us
     Flat as we feel
     All surface astounds us

Paper doll you’re your own plaything
Fold the tabs, hold out your hand
Paper doll leave off that nightdress
The white dress waits for your crayon

     No walls are real
     And yet they surround us
     Flat as we feel
     All surface astounds us

     No walls are real
     And yet they surround us
     Flat as we feel
     All surface astounds us

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from Roughcuts, Fall 2010, track released October 10, 2010
Thanks to Esther Calyx & Aya Lorca for inspiration, guidance, and engagement. And to Julie Nord for a remarkable painting.

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