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Hoffmann's Nightmare This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

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A puppet, on strings of habit and expectation
turns to me
and says

“Ah, ah.”

“What is the sigh?” I ask
“Tell me
and with my gentle hands
I will heal you”

But the puppet
she says

“Ah, ah.”

“Does it mean pain?
Like a thorn in the side?
A hook in the heart?”

With body unscathed
she says

“Ah, ah.”

“Sadness?
Like a dying rose,
A broken wing?”

With tearless eyes
she says

“Ah, ah.”

She lifts up wooden
string-pulled hands
to open up her chest
like a door
on creaky hinges

I begin to shake and sob.
Inside her chest
there is nothing

“Ah, ah.” she says “Ah, ah.”

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.




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Mahwah said...
Jan. 22, 2012 at 4:43 pm
It's an interesting poem. It was sad - the place where the heart should be was empty. Can we ever know what the "Ah, ah" refers to? Is the puppet trying to say anything to the person, or is the person hearing things, crazy, etc.?
 
bbygurl21 said...
Jul. 5, 2010 at 2:34 pm
this poem is an amezing poem i am going 2 give you 5 out of 5 stars :) keep writting ☺☺☺
 
Kelsey B. said...
Jun. 24, 2010 at 8:47 pm
wow..this poem gave me the chills. i love it.
 
aydenblack This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 27, 2009 at 9:25 pm
Marrionettes.
This is dark, and beautiful, and the diologue is splended.
I love it.
 
rogue said...
Jul. 22, 2009 at 12:58 pm
i love this its so powerful. its a depressing poem and thats the beauty of it. i can picture this sad beautiful little young girl puppet.keep writing.
 
Senthia L. said...
May 27, 2009 at 3:42 pm
wow that is so cool
 
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