*Here’s our runner-up submission from The Barbie Sonnet Contest. Winner goes up at 5PM EST. Keep your eyes peeled, or whatever it is that one does on Tumblr.*
No One’s Perfect: A Barbie Sonnet
Impressionistic times, the childhood years
When innocence derails reality,
Imagination soars through open ears
Impersonating life with fantasy.
Do you remember how we used to play
Upstairs behind closed doors exploring worlds
That grew from shopping malls to rolls in hay
With disproportioned dolls when we were girls?
And I believed true happiness was won
From body measurements like Miss Barbie;
A self-destructive path I ventured on,
The truth a brick house I would never be.
Don’t bank your dreams on superficial lies
Big bosoms, swaggered hips hide cheesy thighs.
*Bio: Laurie Kolp is a recovering Barbie wannabe who lives in Beaumont, TX with her husband, three children and two dogs. She has been published worldwide and has gained national recognition as the first place winner in Writer’s Digest Poetic Forms Challenge for her tritina poem. Laurie is the assistant creative writing editor for The River Journal. You can read more of her poetry at http://lkharris-kolp.blogspot.com/ andhttp://lkkolp.wordpress.com/.