Little China Girl
by Nami Hoffman
Be careful! Walk slowly! a parent says to their girl,
as she is leaping and jumping and doing some twirls.
She is a porcelain tea pot, fragile and small,
like one her mother used to play with along with her dolls.
Her dresses covered in flowers and lace,
each detail on the pot so carefully placed.
At night she sits, brewing some tea,
then it spills out her opinions to be left at ease.
Goodnight, her parents say, tucking their tea pot in its basket,
being careful so she doesn’t end up in a casket.
This little china girl is perfect as can be,
but make sure not to break her, or she won’t hold anymore tea.
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