A mannequin with a long tenure

Does not need skin to keep a tan,

Or salad-safe options to keep it off;

Yet, a Woman; yet, a Man, begotten

In the image of fashion—crafted

In our minds eye, our standard bearer—

Waits an incontinent vigil with a wry


A woman with no love, or heart,

A man who is all legs and no brain


Still standing time as we gaze, and

Our moneybags sag with joy, and

The mirrors sparkle and burst with

Good luck, and easy hearts.

—I hear

A simple call, “How do I look?”

“Like a crash test dummy,” says I.

“But wait! can’t you see how I feel?”

“Like a crash test dummy?” says me.

“It brings out my eyes, my very own soul”

“Like a crash test dummy,” says we.

© Iain Sutherland, 2013
Mannequin Parts – Deviant Art (Above), Mannequin Head (HeaderP


9 thoughts on “Mannequin

  1. Soulful. At first you can envy the Mannequin as it is not encumbered by skin and all of the baggage that comes with it (that we attach to it). Then you feel sorry for the Mannequin as it does not have a heart or brain and cannot be considered as a person, only a Crash Test Dummy. A Mannequin in the snow……….

    • A Mannequin in the snow….. Ah Mike, I can’t tell you how much it means for you to drop by and leave your thoughts. Yes, in a sense the Mannequin is free; yet, at the same time a slave–a projection. Thanks for dropping by! 😀

  2. The world is full of walking, living, breathing mannequins. They care about what they look like, what they eat, what they wear. But really, looks are about as useful on us as they are on crash test dummies. It all goes to waste and is lost.

    Beauty that is only skin deep means little. The beauty behind the eyes, in the soul, only few can see, but it rarely ever fades.

    Another masterful and reflective poem. You inspire me to write better poetry. I love imagery, elegance, and rhythm. I should use more symbolism. I love symbolism in my writing, need to use it more often in my poetry.

    • Yes! You nailed it. I’ve always innately understood symbolism, and allegory. I encourage you to delve deeper into its potential. I’m sure you’ll do a great job! Your writing usually has very strong thematic elements, I think using devices such as juxtaposition and metaphor, could help bring those themes out a bit stronger. It’s a matter of not changing the content to suit the style, but changing the style to bring out the content. Thanks for your encouragement, James!!

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