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Ankle Bracelets

When I was a teen, an ankle chain
Was given by one ready
To show the world that as a couple,
They were “going steady.”

It often came in gold, with hearts 
On which one could engrave
The sweethearts’ names, a token meant
To cherish and to save.

I never had one then but now
My ankle always sports
A bracelet (never made of gold);
I purchase varied sorts.

A few are made of beads and one
Boasts tiny chiming bells.
I buy them for myself
When opportunity compels.

The only signal they give off,
Unlike my teenage years,
Is that the wearer (me!) enjoys
The way each one appears.

Copyright © ilene bauer | Year Posted 2016


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  1. Date: 6/28/2016 11:31:00 PM

    Loved this poem and the idea behind it. You wear what you feel is best and let others think what they like.
  1. Date: 6/28/2016 8:32:00 PM

    oh how nice that you are doing a practice from your youth It is never too late to live the excitement of such things. Good for you, Ilene. You are so young at heart.
  1. Date: 6/28/2016 8:32:00 PM

    this was never a dating thing back in the midwest that i know of.
  1. Date: 6/28/2016 5:17:00 PM

    Great write Ilene - made me smile I have never been one for ankle bracelets but I know many youngsters wear them :-) hugs jan xx