by Margaret Rozga
She is the doll I cried for
in the store. Flustered,
my mother finally gave in.
She is the doll I held up like a mask.
To calm my crying daughter, I eased
into speaking as I thought this doll might.
She is the doll I surrendered to my crying
granddaughter who removed the bonnet, dress, shoes,
and combed her hair until the wig came unglued.
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Margaret Rozga has published four books of poetry, including Pestiferous Questions: A Life in Poems (Lit Fest Press 2017), written with the help of a creative writing fellowship at the American Antiquarian Society. Her current project is a series of Alice in Wonderland themed poems. She serves as current Wisconsin Poet Laureate and in that role is working to encourage conversations about poems we love.