Dale Houstman

German Folk Tale

There is a celebrated murderess of dolls
hidden in the sultry flora and we are fortunate
to be here at all.
There are celebrated doll’s scissors
hidden in the bloody dollhouse
in the sultry flora and we are fortunate
to be here at all.
There is a celebrated doll’s writing table
abandoned on a mountain of wood
hidden in the bloody dollhouse
and we are more and more fortunate
to be here at all.
There is the celebrated shadow
of the bloody dollhouse
which falls upon the sultry flora
where they grow the bloody dolls
of celebrated murderesses of dolls
and we are very grateful
to be more and more fortunate
to be here at all.
There is a bloody doll
reflected in a doll’s hospital mirror
in the bloody dollhouse
abandoned on a mountain of wood
hidden in the sultry flora
and we are so fortunate
to be more and more grateful
to be here at all.
There is a celebrated queen of dolls
asleep on the celebrated doll’s writing table
abandoned on a mountain of wood
hidden in the bloody dollhouse
deep inside the sultry flora
upon which falls the cold shadow
of the celebrated bloody doll’s scissors
and we are fortunate
to be grateful
to be here at all.

Copyright © Dale Houstman 2014

“Born in King’s Lynn, Norfolk some 64 years ago, and travelled through some strange times, events, and – well – substances, some of which were books. I mangle my loves – such as science fiction, fairytales, surrealism, horror, movies, Rimbaud, song lyrics, myths, comic books, and other sundries – with my desire to impart the most concise vagueness I find myself capable of at a given time. I live in Minneapolis, which is as good a place to be as any.”

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7 Responses to Dale Houstman

  1. What a wondrous, magical voice! The rhythm, the images, the words are an enchantment.

    • Dale Houstman says:

      Thanks for the kind words, even if undeserved!

      • Nev York Ham says:

        What has become of Tom?

      • Nev York Ham says:

        Just read “Doggone.” The parody of noir lingo is hilarious.

      • Dale Houstman says:

        Wow! I had that posted so damn long ago now! Glad you enjoyed it. I wrote it with an old friend of mine (Thomas Clarkson) and we made it dense as possible, with a lot of puns based on mining. Nice to hear a comment on it. Thank you!

  2. Dale Houstman says:

    As for Tom – like many friendships, it evaporated a few years ago now. At the time, I had hoped to go on a write a series of genre pieces: SF, western, horror, etc. But he was not an assiduous partner to say the least. This piece and a poem or two are all that remain of the collaboration.

    • Nev York Ham says:

      Dale, it’s Scott Ferguson. I haven’t talked to Tom since 2009, and when I read “Doggone” I thought perhaps it was recent and that he’s in better shape now than he was then. I tried to e-mail you at the dh7@whatever-it-was, but the account must have been disabled or something. If you like, please e-mail me directly at fergusonscott60@yahoo.com. I’d like to hear from you despite our past eruptions.

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