Barbie Dream

by Holly H Dunne

I dreamt I had a Barbie
And I dyed her hair jet black
I dressed her up in raven robes
She's never going back

I painted red slashes on each arm
Drew tears upon her face
Life of misery and self harm
My Barbie fell from grace

Now Barbie's arms are bleeding
And Barbie's eyes are crying
And Barbie's voice is pleading
Barbie wants to be dying

So I make a noose and place it
Around her plastic neck
And Barbie has to face it
Barbie is a wreck

Then I light a fire
Flames dance and twirl
Every doll is a liar
I've killed my Barbie girl.


Posted on 05/26/2002
Copyright © 2021 Holly H Dunne

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Adrian Calhoun on 11/09/02 at 03:22 PM

Excellent writing, and a very good point. I used to do those same things and worse to my sisters barbies as a young lad. Brought back many memories.

Posted by Quinn Vokes on 01/10/03 at 12:00 AM

interesting... could be taken in some different ways. i liked to mess w/barbie too as a child... how dare barbie be so perfect and me so horrible! but we must remember that barbie is not real. if she were she'd fall on her hands and knees b/c she's too well endowed!lol.

Posted by Shy Leigh on 03/13/03 at 03:12 AM

Much enjoyed. I can relate.--Shy

Posted by Agnes Eva on 04/04/03 at 11:51 PM

hehe, a tribute to all those doll masochists! i was not one of them, but i always heard the tales (with secret horror). you bring that reality to life

Posted by Barbara Griffith on 03/03/04 at 12:56 AM

This is awesome.. It sticks the stupid, "Barbie is perfect" picture down peoples throats.

Posted by Amy Wustrin on 01/24/06 at 02:09 PM

Congratrulations on PoTD! WELL Deserved!

Posted by Elizabeth Jill on 01/24/06 at 05:05 PM

a wowie zowie poem! you've said it all - so perfectó! well deserved POTD! :) —Jill

Posted by Paganini Jones on 01/24/06 at 09:02 PM

This is a superb piece - I keep having another look at it. One of the best I have read for a long time.

The simple form and repetition really suit the image of playing with a doll. And yet by the end we begin to wonder if its about a doll or not. The layers in this poem blow my mind.

Posted by Delilah Coyne on 01/24/06 at 11:09 PM

Wow! It's so raw and truthful. Very impressive.

Posted by Soulo Jacob Bourgeau on 01/25/06 at 02:18 AM

Quite POTD worthy. I love the imagery of your tragic Barbie. I already have one Barbie poem in my favorites list, I think I shall make it two now...

Posted by Mo Couts on 06/25/11 at 04:16 PM

This is wonderful. Absolutely wonderful. Our culture causes us to think so much of Barbies and how we compare to them, and this just prompted more thoughts for me.

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