Taya Martinez

Rookie (28 July 1985 / Australia)

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Paper Dolls

Once they hung so proudly
From two thumb tacks
She made them out of nothing
Yet nothing did they lack

She hummed as she cut around the edges
Then closed her eyes to string them out
Listened to the glasses breaking
She could feel the glass in her knees as she knelt

She drew their faces on
One at a time
It started with them smiling
But that soon changed down the line

Their clothes became so black
And their eyes so dead and calm
As the yelling crept inside her
She punched the tacks through their arms

She held her hands over her ...

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