I pluck it
free from the throes of the bloodbath,
scissor on the perforated lines where its paper-flesh
meets the world. It complains of tinnitus, tooth decay.
I cut out a belly button from
a sheet of baby’s skin, lick it,
stick it in place. She says she does not want it. I tell her
that all real girls have belly buttons. She finally agrees.
I curl her lashes. She blinks
her eyes for the first time.
The fingers of her phantom limbs hide inside the drawer where
I keep my socks. They twitch while she paints her nails red.
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Resurrection of a Paper
Doll Cutout by
Kristine Ong Muslim
published August 13, 2008
Kristine Ong Muslim’s work has appeared in Abyss & Apex,
Dark Wisdom, Mythic Delirium, Not One of Us, Tales of the Talisman,
and Star*line. She received an Honorable Mention in Year's Best
in Fantasy and Horror and won Sam's Dot Publishing's James Award for genre
more of Kristine's work,
visit her Big Pulp author page