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Sport 19: Lightworks

Spare Parts for Celia

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Spare Parts for Celia

They are kind to her,
these plastic dolls
hanging around in the rain,
getting their hair all slippery
and spiky.
When the wind surges
through the gaps
where their torso and limbs join,
or where their heads
swivel on thin necks,
they really wish they could wear
the wedding dresses
and party frocks they came in.
But they never say, never
cause trouble.

There is even a spare head
holding its breath,
and a perfect leg
resting, waiting for Celia
to slot them in
to her own body.