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“The Breakfast Machine”,
“The Dog in the Sky”,
“The Double Life of Clocks”,
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The Dolls House

The trees that grow
from the nursery walls
do not rustle in the breeze
of an open window.
The jaws of the wardrobe
do not snap shut
when a crane-fly bumbles
into their waiting smile.
But there is a shifting of furniture
in the dolls house tonight,
a slow dragging of objects
across candle-lit rooms.
The kitchen windows steam up
and the unmistakable smell
of melting plastic
drifts from the chimney.
You will notice tomorrow
your new doll is gone.
You will find her blonde hair
lines a mouse nest in spring.

Helen Ivory

published in collection, The Breakfast Machine, 2010, Bloodaxe Books,
ISBN 1-852248-73-4