Frightening Toys

Alan Catlin

The wind-up ones
are the worst

The silver keys
that always break
when you turned

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

it’s head
lolling back
and forth

Such a fearsome

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