the colony

This poem won Second place in the 2011 2-Day Poem Contest

china doll in full fatigues

splayed across the jungle floor


yellowed curls quibble against lex naturalis

encroaching vegetation

moist and fertile

eager to take root

entwine her fractured skull

sprout across the anvil of the land

fling whispers to the wind

pollinate the revolution!


china doll sleeps, hands in fists

beneath the umbrella of a cocoa tree


ant battalions cascade down climbing vines

lockstep, compulsive

mindlessly marching rote formations

flank treacle lips painted rafflesia red

tiny boots mar her porcelain bone

reclaim the space

save this place

drill her body back into the earth

Published online June 01 2011.

This poem was a winner in CV2’s annual 2-Day Poem Contest. Every April, CV2 challenges players to create a new original poem that uses all 10 words of our choosing. It’s poetry under pressure for prizes, publication, and personal bests. Learn how to sign up for the next 2-Day Poem Contest.

The Open Issue cover image

This piece was published in ‘The Open Issue,’ the Fall 2011 issue of CV2.

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