Monday, November 26, 2012

Not your ordinary doll

 Doll by Bailey Powell

over the years
my porcelain cheeks
dented with tears and anxiety -
my long and waxy hair
tangled with leaves and mildew-

my limbs became tentacles
of different swatches
from my journey –
polka dots and squares
orange and purple strips
circles of blue and pink --

stitched my voice unique,
embracing the wholeness of me-
a fabric of color and striking patterns

full of
knots, twists, holes but mostly dreams -  
And all because I chose
myself

Posted for:   OpenLinkNight of Imaginary Garden for Real Toads (Monday)
and D'verse Poets Pub (Tuesday)

Backgrounder of doll:  I, Margaret Bednar, am hosting with a little help from my daughter and her fellow classmates.  They were given an assignment to create dolls that reflect a part of who they are. They spent close to six weeks hand stitching and creating the backdrops for these gorgeous works of art.

Thanks for the visit ~

42 comments:

  1. Surely not your typical doll, but the more wear and tear, the more you come out, making you more aware.

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  2. I know you wrote this for the doll prompt, but i didn't even look at the doll.
    These words should be written for each of us~about us.
    This truth is deeper than porcelain.
    There is a genuine sweetness about you, Grace~and it's in your words.
    I hope you never lose it.
    It's become quite rare, you know

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  3. smiles...all because i chose myself....i think that is important you know....knowing yourself and following your dreams....i like the swatches or patches picked up from the journey...and leaves and tangles, just means you been living right? smiles.

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  4. Grace,
    This is so penetrating...you reach deep in such a natural and truthful way. I agree with Brian's comment: your last lines really bring this home. Terrific poem.
    SK

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  5. Yes, the doll is a reflection of life's varied offerings and we decide for our own! We decide what we are. Nicely Grace!

    Hank

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  6. Oh, I love this! Especially

    stitched my voice unique,
    embracing the wholeness of me-
    a fabric of color and striking patterns

    full of knots, twists, holes but mostly dreams -
    And all because I chose
    myself

    I just love how this made me feel! Isn't that the secret to life? Choosing ourselves... exactly as we are? Well done.

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  7. full of knots, twists, holes but mostly dreams

    :) Sounds like a life well lived. This is very nice!

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  8. oh I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the last two lines... wonderful!

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  9. How fabulous and fascinating the creature that evolves in this piece. And I am equally enamored with the project you describe in your daughter's classroom. What a great idea!

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  10. A perfect doll story ... love it !!!

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  11. beautifully done again.loved the conclusion.and yes, the poem stands on its own even without the prompt.

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  12. Loved your interpretation of the doll and yes the poem could stand alone. Great conclusion...I chose myself. How often I look at someone else and compare to find I really wouldn't want to be anyone else but me.

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  13. Your words are a careful recreation of this specific doll, in all her many-coloured and textured splendour.

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  14. This is wonderful ... you saved the best words of all to end the poem ~~ 'I chose myself.'

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  15. Joyful! Not a wreckage but a celebrated life of an artist! Well done! I love that you lay down the haiku for this moment that burst the form.

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  16. What a wonderful creative take to the prompt, and the journey surely has left you(r doll) unique and wonderful!

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  17. stitched my voice unique,
    embracing the wholeness of me-


    Love this great write Grace!!

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  18. Grace, a wonderful write. I love the last lines :)
    Have a great day!

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  19. I love stitched my voice unique
    Vivid n magical

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  20. These dolls were such a great art project and prompt! I love how the legs were "swatches from my journey".

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  21. so good when we choose ourselves...with all the knots and dreams and everything...lovely..

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  22. Lovely choice of dolls... and great poem, too. So creative...

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  23. and all because I chose myself....the best thing to do, the only thing. Beautiful verse, loved it, thanks

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  24. Stitched yourself together so beautifully.

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  25. I liked the prompt idea and the poetic expression. Choosing oneself, the various aspects of the whole. Nice piece!
    Gene

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  26. when you chose to be yourself many roads to travel many venture to explore just to be you...

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  27. What a great ending. And your images are great with the dented porcelain cheeks and tangled waxy hair. Cool pic and doll :)

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  28. You brought her to life for me, Grace!

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  29. maybe not typical, but quite stunning, beautiful, and unique. you stitched yourself together perfectly; don't stop adding fabric or dreaming.

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  30. This is my favorite response to the doll prompt, I think. As someone else noted, it could/can apply to all of us.....loved the years of tears denting the cheeks......love the progression to the end line which is - FREAKING FANTASTIC!!!! - "all because I chose myself." Wow, kiddo. Fantastic write!

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  31. We patch our many selves together.

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  32. This had a very catchy cadence to it. Loved the voice and sounds as usual. Love tapestry of image presented in a life of memory and saved image. Very nice.

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  33. What a cool assignment! And a layer was added to the doll with your poem!

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  34. I love the doll!! And your words match it well.

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  35. Well-crafted piece Grace. My favorite is that final stanza, nicely done.

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  36. The doll becomes a very satisfying metaphor for the explication of you the person and more importantly, you the poet. I like the textures and their allusions in that personal and poetic deconstruction!

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  37. full of knots, twists, holes but mostly dreams -
    And all because I chose
    myself.

    Brilliant thinking!

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  38. embracing the wholeness of me... yes, it usually does take years for that to happen. At least it has for me. Again, thanks for participating!

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  39. This is so heartbreakingly beautiful. And so true. Loved the last few lines especially, 'but mostly dreams' sounds like a great way to be.

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