Paper Dolls

A poem on the journey from conformity to non-conformity

Sana Rose
Sana Rose
Apr 15, 2020 · 2 min read
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Criss-cross, criss-cross —
the scissor-blades go zig-zag.

Heads and joined arms,
joined toes and the hem of skirts —
the paper unravels into
two-dimensional dolls
in multiples of ten.

I toss one more into the trash bin
spilling out hundreds of this obsession.

They were my army,
with no eyes, ears or mouth,
or even a nostril, let alone a nose.
And they knew nothing about
living or surviving,
let alone fighting.

I do not take offense
on their behalf,
upon their inanimate unanimity—
we are just one of them,
you and me.

***

In love,
our hearts flutter
like paper dolls decorating
our childhood room.

In pain,
we crumple crisply,
the papery rustle filling
our emptiness.

Their wholeness is only
a part of us.

***

I separate the held hands,
unhook their toes,
singling them,
breaking the chain of monotony
and consistency.

Disorder is innate,
a few paper dolls shall not
rewrite it.

© Sana Rose 2020
Written on April 21st, 2016

Poets and artists of any kind are non-conformists by nature. To us, disorder is innate, it is harder to fit in. When born into a society, we are brought up to conform, to join the endlessly similar army of conformists. But, there is a breaking point in life for us, when we break the chains and shackles, when we decide to differ. This poem was a response to the prompt ‘Paper dolls’ for the NAPOWRIMO in April 2016.

Sana Rose is an award-nominated novelist, poet, physician, counseling professional and freelance writer based in Kerala, India.

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Author, Poet, Physician, Mental Health Counsellor, Mom | Self, Mental Health, Writing, Creativity, Productivity, Parenting, Poetry | www.sanarose.com

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Sana Rose

Written by

Sana Rose

Author, Poet, Physician, Mental Health Counsellor, Mom | Self, Mental Health, Writing, Creativity, Productivity, Parenting, Poetry | www.sanarose.com

Assemblage

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