Raggedy Ann on Edge

Raggedy Ann on Edge

A Poem by Phibby Venable

Raggedy Ann on Edge

Raggedy Ann has left home on a fast track
she is swinging a red lantern and repeating
the alphabet backwards
her eyes are glued to the forest and yes,
she can see the forest for the trees
but what of that
she is on an expedition to anywhere
other than the playroom
nothing comes alive there at night
there is no party when the little girl sleeps
there is just Raggedy Ann watching
the cosmos and touching pale glass
A huge beach ball once rested
near the closet wall
just before it deflated, the colors
swelled into the moon
Raggedy Ann has pocketed the moon
it too is enjoying the journey
the lanterns are only for the thought
that sometimes hovers
in her hand drawn heart
on which someone has stitched
i love you.

© 2008 Phibby Venable

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this was a very charming and profound read.

i love how you've juxtaposed childlike impressions to man's innermost pathos.

i simply adore how you put such unexpected elements into moving words. this was artistically well-crafted and poetically dynamic.

this is proof that a great poem need not provoke the reader to think so deep or tell truths which are uncommon to the knowledge of the hoi polloi. sometimes, the best writes are those that help the reader realize that he can put himself in the shoes of the most unlikely of characters and hence feel.

great job! this is one for my favorites list.

Posted 15 Years Ago

What Kortas said and so much more! This works on so many levels. We all feel like the old rag doll some day with I love you written on our hearts but not much else.

Annie's all grown up with all that entails. Poor dis-heartened Annie.

Posted 16 Years Ago

A bit more abstract than the general line of your work, but that certainly isn't a bad thing--the fact that the charms of this piece are somewhat less tangible than most doesn't belie that fact that it is as sumptuously visual as anything you've written, nor that it is every bit as affecting. Winsome, wistful, and utterly wonderful.

Posted 16 Years Ago

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Phibby Venable
Phibby Venable

abingdon, VA

http://youtu.be/25XE-BHGvWI http://youtu.be/B2klgDKMUq0 I live in the mountains of Southwest Virginia. Although my passion is poetry, I recently published a novel called, Women of the Round Tabl.. more..


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