Wooden Doll

Hand

Stiff

Unmoving wood

.

Wanting to reach out

To touch her hand

But

Still stiff

Unmoving

.

Finally moving

Arms of the marionette

Clunking in an unwieldy dance

Trying

To crack

A smile

But only succeeding

In grinding wood

.

But then

She smiles

The china doll

She smiles

A sweet

Touching smile

And he begins

To feel free

.

His strings

Become transparent

His heart is melting

Leaving traces

Of clunky wood

Behind him

He has become

A real boy

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