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The Doll

Updated on May 15, 2011
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She slept with her doll,

She felt safe with her.

The doll with a button nose,

Button eyes and one less finger.


The doll was never separated from her,

To her belt, her hair remained tied.

Those button eyes might have scared some other kid,

But for her,

They were the worlds, where her happiness lied.


She was not just a doll,

She was a reminder.

Her mother had given the doll to her,

With a promise,

That she would come back to get her.


Years it had been,

Since she saw her mother.

At the empty platform,

With food worth a morsel in one hand,

And the button-eyed doll, in the other.


Her mother had kissed her forehead,

Tapped her back and asked her not to cry.

Before the wide-eyed girl could know what was happening,

She sat down with the man, who had a smile wry,

And went away.


The girl found her way through the mess,

She worked to live and lived to work,

Her life moved slowly,

Accompanied with countless jerks.


She knew that her mother was not coming back.

But hope never dies.

Every day, she would stare at the doll, hoping;

To hide her face in front of the lies.


She tried to forget her past,

But memories did linger.

In the doll with a button nose,

Button eyes and one less finger.

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      Poohgranma 6 years ago from On the edge

      Oh, now you have broken my heart with the telling of a reality so horrid ... but yet a truth that needed telling. You are a brave writer with a beautiful soul.

      I hope you don't mind but I linked this on my Face book page to spread the news of your writing!

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      Raghav Rathi 6 years ago from Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India.

      Thanks a lot Sherry.

      It just came up in my mind and I felt, I had to write something about it.

      And I ended up with this...

      Glad you liked it.

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      So sad that it made me cry.

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      Raghav Rathi 6 years ago from Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India.

      Susan,

      I am glad that it reached your heart...

      I have achieved what i set out for... :)

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      saddlerider1 6 years ago

      It brought to mind the sadness that a child feels when given a solitary gift from a parent that brings back such empty memories of loss, distance and separation. I know of many who never came back to their child, abandoned them and the child was empty and lost. How sad, this poem was beautiful, thank you for sharing it with your friends.

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      Raghav Rathi 6 years ago from Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India.

      Thank you for the hearty comment Saddle. :)

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      Ruchira 6 years ago from United States

      Beautiful and heart rendering indeed!!

      double cheers!!

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      Raghav Rathi 6 years ago from Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India.

      Thank you Ruchira. :)

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      This one tears at my heart and yet it warms it,-that you have this great understanding and ability to express it so beautifully! Whether you know or knew such a person and her doll, your empathy for people just shines through brightly and clearly.

      Abandonment in any situation is tragically sad, but especially so when the abandoned one should have been and could have been loved, treasured, and kept close by the one leaving.

      It is also perceptive that you foresaw a future for the abandoned child in which she became overly immersed in her work and, possibly, shut off from her feelings except for the reminder of the doll. What a vivid picture!

      AND your poetic presentation of it is superb!

      Thank you for being you!

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      Raghav Rathi 5 years ago from Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India.

      I wish you could see the smile i had on my face wile reading this comment!!! Thanks a lot lot much!!! No fortunately I don't know such a person and thankfully too because that would have left me heart broken. I am glad it touched your heart and made you feel the pain inside.

      Thank you for the glorious comment. :)

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Again - my pleasure. . .

      I am sure that many folks walking around have such mental "dolls" which remind them both of a pain of loss and a hope of restoration. It's one more reason to extend everyone "benefit of the doubt": - we just can't know all their issues which may be determining behavior which probably has nothing to do with us, and may be torturing them.

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      attemptedhumour 5 years ago from Australia

      The doll was an inspired choice to really tell of the agony that does happen in this sometimes cruel world. 'Oh for a normal childhood', is every kids wish. What a masterpiece of understatement.

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      Raghav Rathi 5 years ago from Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India.

      Thanks a lot. Glad thatyou like it. :)

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      Scarface1300 5 years ago

      Such a sad story...Thanks

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      Raghav Rathi 5 years ago from Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India.

      thank you scarface... :)

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      Gopi 4 years ago

      Really touched my heart. When I read stories like this my heart breaks. There are many children in the railway platform innocently waiting for their parents. Many cont even speak. You wrote beautifully. Thank you.

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      Raghav Rathi 4 years ago from Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India.

      Thank you Gopi... This means a lot to me..

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