Nesting Dolls

April 11, 2013
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You are born smooth, small, and perfect. You are a newly carved figurine in a shop, fresh and ready to be painted. As you grow older, designs and colors start to spiral over you.

But when you see the new styles in the shop, you try to repaint yourself, to match the other dolls on the shelves. Then, though everything if perfect again on the outside, underneath is a muddle of confused colors that don't go together at all.

The shop you live in sells nesting dolls. Even if the prettiest dolls decide to accept you into their group of pink cheeks and painted smiles, into a shell you will go, hidden by larger versions of your exact face, stuck in darkness and a form that is not your own. Is it better on the outside, you wonder? Better to be the largest doll, but have nothing but hollow copies inside? You'll have lots of time to think, trapped there in the shadows. Please let me know when you decide.

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Anna_J said...
Nov. 18, 2013 at 8:42 pm
Okay, I'm really bad at giving feedback because everything I say is "that's good!"    ..This is another example of when I do that. I genuinely like this piece. I like the hidden meaning to this a lot. (Wow, Anna, you know it's dangerous to use all of your vocabulary in one sentence. like, like, like, like.) The last sentence is my favorite, however. Maybe it's the dolls that are creepy, maybe it's the idea of beauty standards, maybe it's the overal... (more »)
Claire_A This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Nov. 18, 2013 at 8:58 pm
Wow ok you're pretty nice and stuff.  All I wanted was a hi.  Xoxoxo
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