in a shoe box
my Shirley Temple doll
made of china ...
the teardrop crack
under one of her eyes
—Ribbons "Tanka Cafe" (theme: heirlooms and relics), Spring/Summer 2014
An aunt of mine was given this doll decades ago. I read via Googling that she (the doll, not my aunt!) was probably made in the year 1934. Fragile Shirley eventually ended up in my hands when I was still a child. Too bad my mother threw the original box away.
Here she is, except mine isn't in quite as good shape. And I learned something: she isn't actually made of china (oops) but, instead, "composition," a painted sawdust/wood blend.