They stand 
faceless, watching


They stand
lifeless, yet staring
dressed in the latest fashion
without passion

What are you really selling?

perfectly sized for whom?

Flaunting certain doom
oxygen not needed
for position

What size is that really?
Do my eyes deceive me?

red dress
hipsters and leopard
pencil skirt sweaters

What are you selling, really?
 What are we buying, really?

I'm not a mannequin,
not a clothes hanger
You're not a mannequin!

Stop taunting, flaunting

Why are we chasing lifelessness?
Why do we love death?

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.
1 John 2:16-18

This is what happens when you seat a poetic mama in a mall (with caffeine, pen and paper) for two hours while tween daughter and friend enjoy roaming time.

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  1. some strong questions you end on there...you know i have never seen a mannequin that actually looked like a real person...

  2. I agree with you... it's a perpetuation of the "perfect" body image displayed everywhere these days. It's not about the body or the clothes.

    And I have a 14-yr-old so can definitely relate to the waiting at the mall.

  3. AS IT makes life and light and love and will and Now and than...

  4. Dawn, this poem gives a strong message. Those mannequins definitely are super thin, aren't they? And the clothes in such small sizes. Yes, why are we chasing lifelessness indeed? Where are the averaged-size mannequins?? Surely not visible.

  5. Good questions--If we blink, can we just disappear?

  6. The good news is that clothes don't fit the mannequin... I have seen that they need plenty of safety pins for those clothes not to look like sacks... Looking at their backs can cheer you up... but I agree on the stupidity...

  7. Excellent point. Mannequins should represent the average body size and shape rather than the anorexic form that they use. Well written. Repetition works for you well.

  8. Wow, so powerfully written and if I had a daughter, I'd totally read this to her!


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