Roisin Duffy

PAPER DOLLS


She cut four paper dolls

from one stiff sheet

folded and pressed,

until she had four pale girls

all in a row.


Quads,

she thought they would be,

identical in every way,

every scissors saw the same,

and so every little girl

would be her neighbour

too.


But, to her amazement,

she noticed that, unfolded,

every one became

individual,

every mirror image only mildly

related, and not exactly

the same.


No amount of shaping,

could make those dolls

become each other.


And so instead she celebrated

each and every difference

that she could find

in every doll

that made her, not,

another.


copyright Roisin Duffy

Title: PAPER DOLLS.

Price: €400. Size: 18” x 14”.

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