Candle Girl + Mannequins [Poetry]

Candle Girl and Mannequins
Two poems by Charlie Lockhart

Candle Girl.

 Like melted wax,
sanity flows down
her ashen face.

In little time,
the flame has whittled
her features away.

She’s always crying,
and the wax that drips
distorts her once lovely figure.

The wick shortens
till nothing’s left; but
a mound of misshapen memories.

~

Mannequins.

Mannequins line the hall,
still and silent and pretty.
We are the same
We look the same
We do as we are told,

“Look ahead and keep in step,
stop and take a bow.”

A thousand single copies
are marching down the stairs.
Step by step
we carry on
in perfect unison,

“Look ahead and keep in step
stop and take a bow.”

We’re tiles that pave the future,
trampled and dirty and strong.
You told us ‘hush’
but soon we’re out
and then we’ll say to them,

“Look ahead and keep in step,
stop and take a bow.”

~ Charlie Lockhart

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