Tammy’s Lament

It’s Friday, time to post responses to the Big Tent Poetry prompt. The prompt was to write about icons, those larger-than-life personalities. As soon as I saw the examples of Barbie and Chatty Cathy though, I knew I just had to write about…

Tammy’s Lament

You don’t know me, very few do.
I was Barbie’s country cousin,
the one she didn’t talk about much,
the perennial girl next store.
She wore glittery evening gowns,
I wore sensible clothes.
Even my hair was drab.
No Ken waiting in the wings for me.
I spent Friday nights watching
my little sister Pepper.
Could life get any duller?
Barbie was the glamour girl. And me?
Simply “the doll you love to dress”.

Read more Big Tent Poetry poetic responses here.

20 thoughts on “Tammy’s Lament

  1. We didn’t have Barbie or her relatives when growing up. I’ve often wondered it I’d have been a more conventional individual if I’d had. You make me realize that I might very well be the lucky one, lol.


    • Ideal Toy Corp. carted out Tammy and kin in the early 1960’s as their response to Mattel’s Barbie. Sadly, Tammy was only around for 3-1/2 years, while Barbie is 51 and apparently still going strong. I guess Tammy was just too wholesome…

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