Lily Hoang & Carmen Gimenez-Smith
Hummel #3128: Mary Ingalls Hummel
Mary’s copper bangs are bobbypinned straight back, an imitation of her hairstyle from the television series. Her saddle shoes leave tracks of mud. With her left hand, she drags a small stack of belted topographic books. A walking stick is an extension of her right hand, natural. She is wearing a delicate peach dress, color no longer matters to her, an abstraction, more imagination than memory.
Hummel #708120: Lethal Ray Hummel
Height: 3.2 inches
A tousled blonde is crouched in a field of daisies, which are mostly painted on to the figure’s pedestal.
One rosy knee bears the bright red stain of a fall. The black and red dirndl is adorned with tiny red anarchy symbols.
She’s been to other wars. One was across, it seemed, a wall of vines set on its back.
Brambles in everyone. Another was smoke-filled and everyone became bats.
All around her: the echo of pluck breaking open. A cushion of that sound surrounds the figurine, so it’s hard to hold her without wanting to let go.
Inside her head is a scene: teeny tiny airplanes swarm her dead father’s head nestled in a crown of daisies. He taught her revolt.
His private diary had recipes for word bombs and poetry missiles.
Hummel #3192013: PTSD Hummel
A mass in fetal position, desert camouflaged. His hands form a shelter over the head. Beside him: one Dragunov Sniper Rifle, one Colt M1911, two bottles of water, one Bible, King James, a crumpled blanket.