Frightening Toys

Alan Catlin

The wind-up ones
are the worst

The silver keys
that always break
when you turned
them

The doll they’d
animated all clacking
jaws and rolling eyes

it’s head
lolling back
and forth

Such a fearsome
noise!

The whole house
suffers with it

begins to gyrate
as well

rotates on an
unseen axis...

Where we go
from here is

beyond the realm
of toys