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
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
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.