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Dress Sense

by The Walrus 

Posted: 13 April 2004
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Following a lifetime
snagging the animation of my hem
upon a barbed wire fence,
an epoch donning the clichéd cobwebs
of a garb, grey and frayed
and an era clomping around
in flat, regulation black,
terribly sensible footwear,
I have decided
that the prudent way forward
is to hail a black chariot
and wing my way to
Agent Provocateur
to spend an obscene chunk of UK GDP
on a combination of silk, leather
and the most profligate pair
of FMP’s.

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Fearless at 08:39 on 13 April 2004  Report this post
I like the switch, the journey, from bookish librarian to vamp - a Boudiccea with her own (black) chariot. Subtly seductive (in imagery) and provocative. You write very well, so please write on,

Fearless x

The Walrus at 08:45 on 13 April 2004  Report this post
Thanks Fearless, good synopsis - librarian to vamp. Quite like this 'switch' thing - starting something miserable and dark and then whipping it round to end on a rather silly note.

The Walrus

tinyclanger at 09:26 on 13 April 2004  Report this post
Oy, stop being librarianist, you two! It's not all tweed skirts, though that can be arranged..

Like the voice behind this Walrus, the idea of shaking off preconceptions and not doing the 'right' things, any more - just going for it, living for now, being "real"
A statement of liberation, in more ways than one. Enjoyed it.


joanie at 09:58 on 13 April 2004  Report this post
I liked it. It reminded me a bit of "I shall wear purple.." I loved the thought of spending 'an obscene chunk'. I also really loved the transition - the 'prudent way forward' still held onto the first part, then ... Wham! Thanks. joanie

Skeetr at 13:59 on 13 April 2004  Report this post
Excellent, Walrus -- as Fearless has said, "a Boudiccea with her own (black) chariot" and F. Me Pumps to boot!

Loved the sense of waking-up-one-day to the matter-of-factness of making a radical change.


The Walrus at 14:53 on 13 April 2004  Report this post
Apologies TC! Blame Fearless, he started it! Your comment encapsulated exactly what I intended the poem to be about. Thanks.

Joanie, yes you're right, it does attitude as 'I shall wear purple'. Thanks.

The Walrus


Thanks Smith!

Fearless at 15:32 on 13 April 2004  Report this post
Don't blame me, I can't help it if I like a little hardcover action.....shame about the papercuts though.


roger at 14:47 on 14 April 2004  Report this post
Great stuff....you go for it, girl!

The Walrus at 14:49 on 14 April 2004  Report this post
Thanks Roger! Why not eh?

The Walrus

roovacrag at 17:00 on 14 April 2004  Report this post
Brilliant ....

Yes go red.

Style is everything.
Some can wear Dior and look like a sack, while others wear a sack and look like Dior had dressed them.

Quality,not quantity is what matters.

Jeans and tee shirt,what better.
Little Black dress for evenings.

Men still like the high heels and stockings,and all that go with it.

It's called being a woman,feminine one.
Well done.
xxxxxxxxxx STAN

The Walrus at 17:05 on 14 April 2004  Report this post
Thanks Stan. Spot on your comments re: style.

Thanks as always for commenting.

The Walrus

Ling Ling at 08:41 on 16 April 2004  Report this post
Very enjoyable poem! Sort of reminds of of the journey from being a girl - wearing regulation footwear, then finding your true self as a woman, which is what dress sense is all about - A true reflection of the self and whatever colour's you are! Write on!
Ling Ling x

The Walrus at 09:37 on 16 April 2004  Report this post
Thanks Ling Ling. You're absolutely right - it is reminiscent of girl to woman journey - never really thought of it in that way when I wrote it but you're right. Thanks!

The Walrus

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