DOLL HOSPITAL / Dixie Lane My sister was the responsible one. I remember we brought her our tired, wag-eared babies, unsprung sausage curls, eyes of scratched cobalt, roUed into a sunken cave where coUected and reflected back. the carcasses of hopes and fears Pale and implacable with peony She twisted their necks backward, smiles, they waited for her touch. pressed their crybaby hearts to her ear. She was Dr. Patient, pudgy fingers playing over hinged and waxy legs. She raised from a Kleenex bed a spüt and crumbUng baby, cured it and herself with one touch of polyurethane. She sprayed Betsy Wetsy's head silver once, a foU crown mark for ahens. of secret royalty, or luminous Sun streaked the dusty waUs of her flimsy hospital, crucified the tile. whUe she stitched an arm back on. Lucy and Dezi spoke through her She moved from chart to chart, gathering clues--part angel, part sleuth, dispensing pastel puis, a sainted Nancy Drew who never solved the mystery. bows and rusted their metal, 140 · The Missouri Review manufactured tears spoiled satin When they cried, perforated hearts. Then she received them one by one in a white coUar and Perry Mason scowl.
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Oct 5, 1989
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