Thursday, May 20, 2010


Tricia at The Miss Rumphius Effect set forth a colorful challenge for this week's Monday Poetry Stretch. And while I know she had nature-inspired poems in mind, my brain took a different turn. It does that sometimes.

Dressing in Black

The long skirt is black
and the soft velvet top
and two heels that I pack
with a lint brush I drop
in the bag for the night.

I eat a light snack
then I dress for the show
checking both front and back
in a mirror just so
to ensure everything's right.

In long skirts of black
next to black suits and ties,
queued in line not a pack
we breathe deep with soft sighs
for an entrance sans fright.

With a smile and a crack
of a joke to calm doubts
I move forward, not back,
with sweet songs and grand shouts
for each listener's delight.


Tricia said...

It's wonderful to hear from you! I hope you are well. Thanks so much for sharing your poem.

sister AE said...

Thanks, Tricia. I am well and finished with a lot of travel (mostly family business).

Kitchen worktops guy said...

You capture that feeling of luxury and power when dressed in black very well. I like that we go on a journey with her as she steps out in front of an audience.