on their final

European excursion,

my practical mother

bought me a simple

souvenir from some

quaint tourist shop in

Prague, a capital city,

where she and her

friends shopped

while the husbands

snapped photos –

everyone trying to

capture a memory.


every time i hold

these nesting dolls

i see her warm smile,

accept her gift again

(small enough to fit

my mind’s suitcase)

wondering how she

knew that her first


(a boy she’d never

meet on this earth)

would ask me with

big shining eyes,

“please play?”

with the painted

miniatures of

smooth wooden

generations each

carrying the next,

blooming with bright

promise of precious

new arrival.


perhaps you consider

it all rather kitschy

but i cannot help but

exclaim over the wee

baby one with kisses.



(These “matryoshka” nesting dolls are a Russian tradition, often made in China and sold as souvenirs in the Czech Republic!)

Written in response to Mary’s prompt, “looking for treasure”, at d’VersePoets.

8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. rmp
    Apr 10, 2014 @ 17:10:31

    I agree the little one would make me smile every time I unearthed her. this is a very sweet piece and obviously holds a precious memory within.


  2. shanyns
    Apr 10, 2014 @ 16:26:20

    Nesting dolls are so cool. Would love to have a set! 🙂 Very neat piece you wrote.


  3. Sherry Marr
    Apr 10, 2014 @ 02:54:06

    The baby one is especially adorable, I agree. How lovely, the little one’s “please play?”


  4. billgncs
    Apr 10, 2014 @ 02:05:31

    our youngest loves them – she has quite a collection


  5. Grace
    Apr 10, 2014 @ 00:49:59

    Wow, what a treasure find ~ The baby one is the cutest ~ How cool that the future grand children will play with them ~


  6. Glenn Buttkus
    Apr 09, 2014 @ 23:02:45

    I think your choice of treasured item/memory is very original; first nesting doll I have encountered out here on the trail, responding to the dVerse prompt. My wife is freaked out by nesting dolls too; wanted to buy her Orca one; but then clowns scare her too.


  7. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Apr 09, 2014 @ 21:13:35

    I had a nesting doll too… But I think we lost the smallest doll quite quickly… I think my sister had a sari-clad Indian one… 😉 I love how you let the dolls symbolize the generations and let it play out in reality..


  8. bmiller007 (@bmiller007)
    Apr 09, 2014 @ 20:06:29

    i think nesting dolls are cool…they totally creep my wife out though…always have…its cool to think ahead of future generations and how they would want the stories of those times….


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