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Tennis Undies

Gussie Moran, a tennis star,
Created quite a stir
When she wore lace-trimmed underwear,
Created just for her.

In 1949 this was,
On Wimbledon’s staid courts;
The British folk were scandalized,
According to reports.

Designed by Teddy Tingling,
A tennis pro and Brit,
The all-white skirt (above the knees!)
Had newsmen in a snit.

They said she brought “vulgarity”
And even, more so, “sin”
Into a sport that prior
Only let the proper in.

Along with her obit, there was
A photo of her wearing
These very clothes; to us, today,
They’re anything but daring.

But bravo to this fearless gal!
Her charms she did assert
When she gave fans at Wimbledon
A shock beneath her skirt.

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  1. Date: 3/29/2014 7:32:00 PM
    I love this title. It's brassy in it's own right. We've come along way baby!

  1. Date: 1/28/2013 5:15:00 AM
    I love it!! So, daring the little girl, so brave, and started a trend....I want a pair! Thanks for commenting on my "A Longing" poem...xx Hugs..Holly Moore

  1. Date: 1/27/2013 10:02:00 AM
    LOL, always a witty poem that is so delightful. Great write. Bravo! I am such a fan of your incredible poems.

  1. Date: 1/26/2013 11:39:00 PM
    Great write Ilene. I always like to know the origin of words and phrases. Now I know what they mean by under Gussies. This poem had everything. Education, humor, history, a great meter and rhyme. What more could a reader ask? Well done.

  1. Date: 1/26/2013 10:27:00 PM never cease to amaze me! Lovely write. Way to go Gussie! I admire her spirit! Hugs!

  1. Date: 1/26/2013 7:43:00 PM
    Hi Ilene - Learned something here in a fun way! Another fantastic poem. - Gail

  1. Date: 1/26/2013 4:23:00 PM
    I remember Gussie Moran... my how times have changed! Along with every other male, I was in love with this daring little filly! Great memories... hugs, Jack xox

  1. Date: 1/26/2013 2:22:00 PM
    lol, had a chuckle here - congrats on your wins, my friend

  1. Date: 1/26/2013 2:20:00 PM
    haha love it! She was just my kind of gal then! ..this is great ..luv,Deb

  1. Date: 1/26/2013 1:16:00 PM
    awesome, I love it! and she was a girl after my own heart.

  1. Date: 1/26/2013 12:42:00 PM
    I have no knowledge of tennis Ilene, but it was a good poem. - Have a beautiful weekend. - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 1/26/2013 12:03:00 PM
    She left it for her fans to see what lies within their fantasy... shouldn't be shocked or mentally blocked by what is termed hypocrisy... Great poem, Irene... Terry