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ragged ann

under virgin white aprons and forget-me-not dresses
bloomers beneath the knees
raggedy anns all hide their hearts
while some little girl holds them tight at night
in the absence of light, safe and secure
unaffected courageous little stuffed dolls
same appearance in shape and form
your mistresses sit you in the exact same place
in the morning, alone, while the day goes by
and then hold you safe in the darkness again
sleeping with you in the closet

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a comfort doll or blanket etc. I don't know the feeling first hand, but I have seen the effects. I felt this one. Your title is good, giving me a feeling of the length of time that cuddling with this doll has been.
Your language is good, not using big words or words that one has to think about he meaning. Your pacing was even and didn't leave me hanging anywhere. The theme was interesting and flowed well from beginning to end. I do feel that it would have been really effective in rhyme; maybe that's just me feeling like rhyme is good for poems with or for children in them. ~ Geezer.
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some of this was similar to an older poem i did use rhyme in. i will post it sometime. but i was not talking about children necessarily. i am referring to molestation.

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let me clarify. this of course is about children, namely the sexual abuse of a little girl... but not a poem for children. i will find the one written in rhyme and try to post tonight

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pick up on that! Sorry, but there was only one thing that should have tipped me off. It was the reference to the bloomers beneath the knees. I thought it an odd reference to a child as rather an adult. The other thing that might have brought it to attention, was the sleeping in the closet; but again, it slipped by as maybe something about having nightmares. [Certainly, having been molested would bring those on!]
Just a tad oblique. Now that, you have explained, it all makes sense!. ~ Geezer.
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