revenge of the dolls

A sinister sonnet…not my usual genre but we all have a dark side.



last night i lay upon inn’s guest room bed

where host’s mute daughter slept long years ago

alas, young girl was found mysteriously dead

in bloodied sheets which stains too well i’d know


her childhood room preserved in musty pink

suspicious dolls stare down from shelf by crib

false alibis reveal dark murderous link

they point toy dagger tip against my rib


“what evil lurks?” i scream in pulsing fear

but mannequins no mercy feel for flesh

not even ragged ann would shed a tear

berserk and vicious furies of knife flash


in morning, landlord spies fresh doll on shelf

that plastic face, i’d recognize…  myself!






18 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Oct 06, 2018 @ 09:57:10

    Oh…yes dolls can be so frightening, and here I see a doll collector version of Psycho almost.


  2. Gina
    Oct 06, 2018 @ 09:15:00

    brilliant ending! totally unexpected twist


  3. anmol(alias HA)
    Oct 06, 2018 @ 08:19:02

    Ooh, that is quite spooky. I really enjoyed the tone of this verse.


  4. sanaarizvi
    Oct 06, 2018 @ 05:23:45

    Deliciously dark and enticing ❤


  5. mhmp77
    Oct 06, 2018 @ 04:12:29


    in morning, landlord spies fresh doll on shelf
    that plastic face, i’d recognize… myself!

    It gives an eerie feeling – the uncanny resemblance has a sinister but unexplained connection. It adds to the mysterious past. Great creation lynn!



  6. Frank Hubeny
    Oct 06, 2018 @ 01:40:26

    Nice sound and ending with the new doll on the shelf.


  7. V.J. Knutson
    Oct 05, 2018 @ 16:02:00

    Very macabre…and delightful!


  8. Afzal Moolla
    Oct 05, 2018 @ 05:00:43

    dark and just brilliantly engrossing.

    Peace ✌


  9. carolinestreetblog
    Oct 05, 2018 @ 02:12:09

    Mysterious, dark, sinister – it had it all.


  10. kim881
    Oct 05, 2018 @ 01:19:59

    Lynn, you’ve given me what my grandfather called ‘the screaming abdabs’ – I am terrified of dolls!


  11. rothpoetry
    Oct 04, 2018 @ 21:50:13

    My My… Sounds very sinister to me. Especially the new doll on the shelf. A good one for Halloween!!


  12. Dorianna Ric (paint-it-poetry)
    Oct 04, 2018 @ 21:17:16

    good poem as we are nearing halloween…I felt like I was watching a horror movie as I was reading…chilling, nice imagery


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