Little Doll by Nikki Anne Schmutz

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month – having been a victim as a child I wish to spread the word that those of us who have been through trauma like this are not alone and we are stronger than we think!

I am not a silent poet

I’m the little doll on the shelf
the one without the arms;
My face is scuffed,
my mouth’s half gone,
my hair is tattered and worn.

I’m the little dolly on the shelf
The one laying limp on its side;
Half hidden by the other dolls
Who were carefully placed on stands,
neatly posed with pride.

I am the dolly everyone dirtied,
when they kept the special ones safe;
My dress is ripped,
my feet are bare,
my seams are split and no one cares.

Nikki Anne Schmutz decided she wanted to be a writer at the tender age of ten. After that decision, no other career was ever considered… except the one of being a mother. She has been a literary website poetry editor, a magazine editor-in-chief, podcast poetry reciter, administrator of facebook poetry groups, and freelances as a poetry editor. She is also a novelist, produced screenwriter…

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