Parading on the toy shop shelf

they jostle for attention.

Those big wide eyes, those plastic smiles

and legs too long to mention.

Popular culture

mirrored in dolls.

Choose Dora, choose Katniss

choose me.

Or Jacob from Twilight,

a Barbie, a Bratz,

Which one will your child choose to be?

About triciasimmons

Pat worked with primary age children for many years in out of school hours and museum settings. She is a writer of short stories, flash fiction, picture books and poetry. She also loves minibeasts! (Especially stick insects) You can find more about Pat at

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