"Children Like Needles" by Riya M. Cyriac


I patch the clockwork doll’s head

on her shoulders. she was ripped,

I found her in the turnip patch, ripe to haunt.


The children like to play with needles

at their age, they trick the eye and hide

dolls amongst the fruits so mummy can find them


and scream.






Riya M. Cyriac is a 17-year-old writer based in Texas. Her work has appeared in Bitter Fruit Review, Ambient Height Anthology, and is slated to appear in The Lumiere Review's Advocacy issue and on the Poetics blog. She is also The Executive Director of The Young Writers Initiative.


Social Links: @riyamcyriac on everything, @rmcwrites on Instagram. Websiteriyacyriac.com

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