“The body is the shell of the soul; and dress the husk of that shell; but the husk often tells what the kernel is.”
I want a red dress.
I want it flimsy and cheap,
I want it too tight, I want to wear it
until someone tears it off me.
So says Kim Addonizio in her poem, “What Do Women Want?”
I also want a dress.
More like, I need a dress.
For a wedding I have to attend in August.
I’ve looked and looked and looked, but can’t find one.
Here are the reasons:
I’m too old.
I’m too young.
I’m too short.
Someone stole my waist.
Too stiff, too flimsy, too clingy.
Itchy, ugly, fluffy, frilly.
No, I’m not picky.
I know exactly what I want — a dress that’s me, really me.
A dress that’s modest and cultured.
That won’t show too much of my foolish pride.
Something comfortable enough to lounge around in.
That will make me feel light and carefree.
A dress like Cinderella wore to the ball.
That’ll allow me to roam at will.
And give me a chance to stop and inhale the poppies.
A dress that won’t make me feel like a house slave.
But a hip, sassy, minx who turns heads.
How I wish for a simple little number for when I receive gentleman callers!
Why, I ask you, should it be so hard?
Friends, this fruitless search has driven me to despair.
Maybe because people see me as Pollyanna.
Or wish I could be.
What does your favorite dress say about you?
Clothe yourself in “What Do Women Want?” here, and feel the power!
Today’s Poetry Friday Roundup is at Cuentecitos.
“Be careless in your dress if you must, but keep a tidy soul.”
~ Mark Twain
“Women dress alike all over the world: they dress to be annoying to other women.” ~ Elsa Schiaparelli