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Poems by Richard Schnap


She saved up her money

To buy a dollhouse

As a gift when she turned thirteen


That was almost a replica

Of her parent’s mansion

Even decorated with similar antiques


But unlike the one

With her father’s rage

And her mother’s addiction to pills


This one was hers

A world of her own

To pretend she was someone else



For years he had stood

On the cold sidewalk

Begging for change


Saying “God bless you”

To all that passed

Even if they gave nothing


But then one day

He arrived to find

A young man in his place


And he knew he was done

As he wandered off

To whatever fate was waiting



He had plastic flowers

That would never wither

Like a failed romance


And pewter statuettes

Of famous landmarks

He might never see


And a mechanical cat

To keep him company

Without growing old


And when he passed on

He hoped they’d have meaning

For somebody else

Richard Schnap is a poet, songwriter and collagist living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His poems have most recently appeared locally, nationally and overseas in a variety of print and online publications.



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