The Invite Said “And Guest” This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

She caught the attention of the swayers and side-steppers
And briefly the banter of the aristocrats came to a minor pause,
as they rose their champagne glasses in recognition.
Murmurs then became un-muted. Someone commented
on her dress,
“My, what an audacious choice of attire. But, she is young.”
She reluctantly bit her tongue.
And then the volume of idle conversation changed from one to ten,
she was forgotten almost as instantly as she was acknowledged,
and then
she descended the stairs, and the sound of her heels
rapped the marble tiles out of tune to the orchestra
(her entrance had interrupted an intense discussion
of Cristal and caviar).
She relished in that short moment of disturbance …
And so she surveyed this crowd of sophistication,
clad in black and white
(extravagance and refinement were seated here tonight!)
Nothing adorned their faces, but she knew this was a masquerade.
Every gentleman here had his lady on parade.
She weaved her way in and out of tables and chairs,
feigning disinterest in the spinning movements of cavorting couples
but as a man approached his fiancée, and wooed her to dance
she stopped and allowed herself one look. Just one look.
Said an older woman beside her, “Oh, wasn’t he so charismatic?”
She knew his charm was programmatic. His smile automatic.
Nevertheless she said “Oh, yes …” and gave a courteous smile.
She refrained from spelling out f-a-l-s-e, but meanwhile
that older woman held the hand of an older man
(both shared wrinkles in the corner of their eyes).
“Something about you, dear, seems out of place …”
Suddenly feeling under scrutiny, she strayed from the ballroom floor –
escaping to an outside balcony while they danced, and dined,
leaving the etiquette behind.
They were all focused on romance, especially their own.
But hadn’t anyone seen she had descended those stairs alone?

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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Shadowpomgurl said...
Nov. 28, 2012 at 7:18 pm
AWWWWW!!!!  :'(
earthy_kat said...
Jan. 30, 2010 at 12:04 pm
It's a very fine piece of work. Keep it up.
cross-i'd-leopard said...
May 1, 2009 at 2:38 am
that was really good. Very nice undertone. Loved it.
Aimee Harden said...
Apr. 30, 2009 at 1:53 am
That was beautiful
Good word choice
I loved it
SagaLiSela This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 29, 2009 at 11:03 pm
You deserve some serious snaps for this. Great word choice!
AndThisIsReal said...
Apr. 29, 2009 at 2:36 pm
This Is Absolutely Lovely.
Great Use Of Words.
Keep Posting
Susan Pevensie said...
Apr. 13, 2009 at 9:32 pm
Very creative. Good Job!!!!
:PBUBBLES:P said...
Apr. 13, 2009 at 6:39 pm
This was wonderful, I liked the flow and rhyme, the idea.
EdytD said...
Apr. 13, 2009 at 3:03 pm
I'm not really sure I get the ending, though... they were focused on themselves, and she was alone. At first she was recognized ("rose their... glasses in recognition") and then they forgot? And how can she dance and dine then, if she doesn't have a partner?
But i do like the flow, though. it's different.
tweedle dee said...
Apr. 13, 2009 at 2:00 pm
wow it was great. it was... sad in a way. i know the feeling. great choice of words, great flow.
Mary said...
Dec. 1, 2008 at 9:47 pm
I really like this! It's very...I don't know, I can definitely see it all happening.
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