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At a fifties style dining set

we chatted…

Often… as I recall.

I never liked the pea green mixed with chrome;

it always seemed wrong to me.

Even with only 9 years of fashion sense

I knew ugly when I saw it.

But you, you were an anomaly.

Something I couldn’t quite understand.

With well kept, short chestnut waves tucked

neatly about your head and curled in just the right places,

through ebony horned rimmed glasses you gazed at me.

With pursed perfectly painted lips you took a drag from

your cigarette and sipped your coffee with the best of them.

Like a dark after market version of the Sandra Dee doll who

was robbed of the benefits that good genetics bestow,

you wore your slim waistline, modest bosom, and lack of hips

well in your tea length dress with its alluring sway, that drew

my eyes right to your sturdy pumps that took swift strong steps.

I wondered if you cleaned the house like this…

and why you always hurriedly dismissed me right

before your husband came home?

As a grownup I have my suspicions, but back then

I was quite happy to trek through our trailer park in the ghetto

to space #9 where a woman I knew only as Marion

would transport me to another place and time.

 

 

Copyright 12/01/2009

Dani Heart

 

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10 Comments

  1. “Even with only 9 years of fashion sense
    I knew ugly when I saw it.” Perfect.

    And the lines about Sandra Dee are exquisite ~ in fact the whole poem touches me deeply. Thank you for writing this and sharing it with us.

  2. Dani Heart (Author)

    Thank you so much Melody. I did my best to capture this mysterious lady from my past. . :)

  3. …”my eyes right to your sturdy pumps that took swift strong steps.
    I wondered if you cleaned the house like this…”

    Dani, you took us into a time when things were so different, but your fond memories in this well-crafted scene are profound in description. I love it!

    • Dani Heart (Author)

      Oh..Cher you fixed it. YOu must have… I couldn’t figure it out for the life of me….sighs…thank you thank you thank you. :)

  4. Dani Heart (Author)

    Oh thank you Cher. I was having such a rough morning trying to get this posted. I am glad it is on and people can read it. I am fighting a sinus infection and nothing was going my way this am. I will try to get some more pieces on… I haven’t written much lately so I have been going through the archives. smiles.

  5. Dani, we love having you here, so never panic. :) We can always fix things. Please feel better and keep your wonderful poems lighting our screens!

  6. tolbert

    “Even with only 9 years of fashion sense

    I knew ugly when I saw it.”

    So right and so excellent! Good job Dani…

    You transported me to another time and place just

    “as Marion would transport me (you) to another place and time.

    Thanks!

  7. Dani Heart (Author)

    Thank you Toblert for taking the time to ingest my words. smiles.

  8. Anya

    I enjoyed this, Dani – so rich in subtlety and nuance. I especially love the inner voice you lend it. :)

  9. Dani Heart (Author)

    Thank you so much Anya for the lovely compliment. I so appreciate you taking the time to read and comment. :)

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