My Costume

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The mirror watched as I became
Dorothy wearing dilapidated shoes with red sequins that used to stick,
A cowboy in a checkered shirt

(My life gets itchy sometimes)

The mirror gazed as I twirled into
A ballerina in scratchy tulle the color of flushed cheeks,
A dragonfly with shimmering wings

(My own costume was getting old)

The mirror chuckled when I tried to be
Janis Joplin in bug-eyed shades,
A Mexican in a beaded vest that jangled like beer caps

(I was ready to be someone new)

I tried on the shoes - the mirror screamed.
Shiny
As a Harley-Davidson
Dark as a party, and flashing white reflections when I strutted
On high, narrow, barstool heels
Black

A babe
A sex bomb
A million bucks
"I like it."

I snatched a hot pink dress that tasted like vodka and bubble gum
It covered no skin
But covered everything else





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moogie said...
May 13, 2009 at 11:54 pm
Danya - your grandmother brought this poem to my attention, and it is fantastic. great imagery..love the last stanza especially.
Bravo!
Marjory Wentworth, South Carolina Poet Laureate
 
j'outek said...
May 5, 2009 at 10:23 pm
danya, nice.
 
trishas said...
Apr. 20, 2009 at 1:38 am
beautifully written by an obviously very talented young lady. well done.
 
roni said...
Apr. 18, 2009 at 7:11 pm
love it! beautifuly written!
 
cbmteach said...
Apr. 17, 2009 at 4:00 pm
I love the details and the way you bridge the distance between the child you were to the young woman you are now. I can't wait to read more.cbmteach
 
joy said...
Apr. 17, 2009 at 11:51 am
I could see the writer and visualize her trying on the costumes.Brings back memories of being a teenager myself and how clothes can make you feel- Danya has a gift as a poet.
 
JM said...
Apr. 13, 2009 at 1:16 pm
I feel the poem describes well the qualms playacting and trials of growing up. I liked the parenthetical thoughts. Considering the content inside the parentheses, I think they broke the rhythm of the poem itself in a very meaningful, very powerful way. Like Daniella, I LOVED the powerful and surprising ending. Great job
 
daniella17 said...
Apr. 11, 2009 at 11:29 pm
Danya you're amazing. i love this, and i told you that already. my favorite line is "it covered no skin
But covered everything else".
 
wowie said...
Apr. 9, 2009 at 5:06 pm
i like it. do you have any other ones?
 
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