The Abysmal Dollhouse: Prologue
Painstaking labor, with splintered hands,
Religious fever does not long stand.
Affluence showcased, aging decays,
Domestic roles turn to miniature plays.
Shadows seep along the floors
The dockenhaus has closed its door.
The Nurenberg kitchens, metal cast,
Dollhouse owners never last.
Passed along from old to youth,
In the end, what is the truth?
That the passing of what was fondly owned
Sometimes falls into hands unknown.
These replicas, once loved and used,
(Or, too often, sadly abused),
Put away, forgotten in dusted shade
But the houses…
The will not fade.
Too much went into their making
Emotions flew free, all for the taking.
Deprivation of care, an ugly sore,
Eventually becoming much, much more.
A resting place, a want, a need,
The houses hanker, they must feed.
Some with love, others with hate;
Fear envelopes those that wait.
Now the houses have found a home
A shoppe whose location ever roams.
Its keeper dusts, traveling the floor…
Be wary if you come to its door.
The Abysmal Dollhouse is open.
Welcome to The Abysmal Dollhouse and the AtoZ Blog Challenge.
During the month of April, 2018, the challenge requires that we write 26 posts, starting with the letter A on April 1st (yes, it’s not an April Fool’s Day joke) and ending with Z on Monday, April 30th. A week or so later, there will be a reflection post that will wrap up this experience, for myself as well as my readers.
Since 2011, I have joined this five other times, never the same theme or style twice. I’ve tried one off’s and serialized storytelling. This year will be a little of both, at this point in my quasi-planning. If you’ve read my blog before, you know that The Abysmal Dollhouse has been a series of flash fiction stories that I’ve written over the years. I’m proud of the majority of them and have (almost) aways gotten a positive response to them. Many readers have asked me to continue this storyline: well, here you go. If you want to read previous entries, please use the search function on the page.
This will be the only Sunday post. The rest of the challenge will be met on Mondays through Fridays.
Please click on the link above to find out more about the AtoZ Blog Challenge, as well as to find all the other bloggers who have joined. You’ll find fiction, non-fiction, poetry, rants, musings, photos, recipes, some sexual activity (so posted), and, well, click and ye shall find.
Comments are very welcome, praise or thoughtful critique. If you liked it, there are a stars on top of the page and a like button towards the bottom. You’ll find link button to Facebook, Twitter, and other social media thingies, if you are so inclined.
Welcome to a month of The Abysmal Dollhouse…
For your consideration.
Love your poem “Affluence showcased, ageing decays,.” very nice. Here is My Letter A Response
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My Letter A Response
You’ve submitted for my approval (after all, Rod Serling grew up near where I work) and – I approve!
Thank you, Alana. This one will be a challenge. Glad you got the Twilight Zone allusion.
Looking forward to seeing how this develops over the month – will have to try and find time to catch up on previous Dollhouse stories!
@breakerofthings, dropping by from Fiction Can Be Fun (A: An Alpha Protocol) https://wp.me/p7K4Zp-1mK
An intriguing start. I’m new to the Abysmal Dollhouse – look forward to reading more.
There’s already a number of AD posts. Hope you enjoy what’s to come,
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I’m sure I will 🙂
Very dramatic and vivid. Looking forward to more this month.
Hey Alice. Hope you’ll enjoy it.
Ooooo – like Iain, I’m new to the Abysmal Dollhouse, but you’ve certainly piqued my interest. Looking forward to more …
A-Zing this year at: Fiction Can Be Fun
Normally found at: Debs Despatches
Thanks Deb. Yes, Fiction can be fun.
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Whoa! Great start 🙂
The Multicolored Diary: Weird Things in Hungarian Folktales
Thank you. Looking forward to your AtoZ
All houses are abysmal in the weather we are having to accompany the start of the challenge. Still the rain will fill my British Rivers at http://bit.ly/2uELPcn
Will return to see how your Dolls House proceeds.
Echoes of Poe! What a great start!
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High praise, Arlee. Thank you.
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I started into The Abysmal Dollhouse A to Z series a few letters in and fell in love with it, and that was without first visiting the post that inspired you’re a to Z. I am reading from here through your A to Z because this is such a great theme and so beautifully written.
Today I am nominating you for The Liebster Award. Check out the details at https://writingiscommunication.wordpress.com/2018/04/15/liebster-award-nomination/
Thank you so much, for both reading along and the award. I’m touched by your kind words and gesture.
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Am here from Writing Sparkle – and loved your poem. (you may or may not want to an s in your title under the picture). As a woman who once was a girl your depiction of the doll’s house is so spot on and stated beautifully. I agree “Affluence showcased, ageing decays,.” is a great line and invokes so much meaning. Look forward to reading the next.
Thank you for the pick-up on the missing S. I’m surprised others didn’t catch it (I sure didn’t). Glad you liked the post; I hope you enjoy what follows.
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I’m looking forward to it. I think that people don’t want to be negative but I don’t see it as negative – I know I’d prefer to know so I could fix it. Cheers Irene
Usually, one or two of my readers let me know when I’ve done the mistake. To me, it’s all good. I get to correct it and make it (hopefully) stronger.
Oh goodness – a deliciously dark start…
Thank you. Hope you enjoy the rest.
I think I’ve been here before, back in 2012 when I was new to A-Z. I don’t have time now, but I’ll be back to further investigate 🙂 Great theme!
Totally different set of stories in 2012. Hope you like this new series.
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What an excellent prologue. It’s very intriguing and hooks the reader straight away-great job!
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