Porcelain Doll

Porcelain Doll

Grey tuxedo, blue silk tie, and dress shoes
the man enters a magical shop around the corner, where little ones’ wishes come true
His eyes wander around the motionless sale items
from a sweet brown teddy bear
to the princess Barbie in a purple dress
One porcelain doll caught his eye
she is dressed in silvery white
“It’s perfect.”

A little girl with her gold tiara
sits under the sombre Christmas tree on Christmas Eve
But it’s raining inside
and she has no umbrella to hold back the tears

It’s late, almost midnight
He parks his car, enters the living room
and places the box under the tree
He hurries out, back to his work
not knowing the little girl is still sitting there in the dark
under the sombre Christmas tree on Christmas Eve

The little girl has wished for a gift from Santa
and Santa was there, but not the gift
She stares blankly at her twenty porcelain dolls dressed in all but white
and wishes upon the bright gold star,
“I want my Daddy.”

The little girl plays with her new companion all day long
and asks the silvery white-dressed porcelain doll,
“Did you hear the scary loud music,
with the sound of banging doors and broken plates
or it is just my imagination?”
She hugs her new treasured companion
as tears flow down her red cheeks
under the sombre Christmas tree on Christmas Day

The little girl cradles her silvery white-dressed porcelain doll
and sees a big black box sitting on the floor
it’s Daddy’s
Mommy’s eyes are red
Mommy, like the little girl, hasn’t got an umbrella
and Daddy
Daddy slams the big black box
Daddy hasn’t stopped the scary loud music

Daddy’s gone
and Mommy too

The little girl sits there in the dark
under the sombre Christmas tree on Christmas Day
She hugs the silvery white-dressed porcelain doll
and sings her a lonely lullaby

Marcella Purnama
29 March 2010

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