Mary Worth's Secret

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Many of you won't remember Mary Worth, but unfortunately, I do!!

 

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Mary Worth’s Secret

You’ll see her snow white hair
With a bound round bun in the back.
She’s traversing the shopping mall,
Un-noticed now by one and all.

Blue flowered calico is what she wears,
Black oxfords to protect old feet,
But Mary has a secret –
A secret, I repeat

When her oatmeal bowl is washed, put away,
Mary takes the street car to start her day;
At the nails shop in the mall
Timidly she enters, no need to call.

An Asian lady asks her desire
And takes her to find a polish,
A polish for a pedicure;
Mary Worth carefully peruses and picks it.

Bright Cherry Red chock full of glitter
As bright as a neon sign,
Into the foot bowl she splashes her feet,
By design, by design.

Chopin is playing gently,
Over the trickle of a fake water fall.
If they talk about her in their language,
She doesn’t mind – at all, at all.

How happy she is in such luxury,
Two hours in another world,
A dreamland where she had once belonged,
Long ago, as a sweet young girl.

Reality set in as her oxfords she donned.
Used a silver coin for the street car home.
That night she would slip into pillows of silk,
And admire her sparkly glowing toes.

Her secret is safe as she takes 
Her life’s place with her secret hidden toes.
She’ll dance all night to “Coupla jiggers of moonlight,”
And sweet dreams of romance long ago,


Copyright © | Year Posted 2018




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Date: 4/7/2018 1:20:00 AM
Sunlite, this poem dug Mary Worth right out of the recesses of my soul immediately, if not sooner. I used to love her, yet, I had her buried so deep, it's amazing you could resurrect her so damned fast in me. I love everything about this poem, especially that she is a wild woman on the "secret side". Spicey!
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Date: 4/3/2018 1:09:00 PM
I dont think we had this in the UK... As a kid I read the Beano and Dandy lol...
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Date: 4/3/2018 6:09:00 PM
Isn't it fun, Silent One, to remember our kid days? Thanks for reading.
Date: 4/3/2018 7:41:00 AM
I still love comics and occasionally I go to a site where there quite a few.
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Date: 4/7/2018 11:37:00 AM
I hope you got my thank you for this!
Date: 4/2/2018 10:12:00 PM
I miss the old Sunday comics. I was more of an Andy Capp kinda guy. lol A shot from the past, Sunlite. Thanks for the memories:)
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Date: 4/3/2018 6:07:00 PM
I miss 'em, too, Daniel. I miss the paper boy, too. Thanks for commenting.
Date: 4/2/2018 5:31:00 PM
Wow, this brings back memories of the Sunday comics. Thus was really cool my friend, so much fun to read.
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Date: 4/3/2018 6:06:00 PM
Yes, when we got down in the floor and spread out the Sunday paper at our parents' feet. Thank you, Chris.
Date: 4/2/2018 1:59:00 PM
I remember "Mary Worth" vaguely, Sunlite, from the Sunday comics section of the paper, I think. Glad to see her reincarnated...Cherry Red toenails and all.
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Date: 4/3/2018 6:06:00 PM
Bet the females in your family would remember. LOL. Thank you for commenting.
Date: 4/2/2018 1:20:00 PM
Glittery bright cherry red - what a shame to keep that a secret! A most endearing poem, Sunlite.
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Date: 4/3/2018 6:05:00 PM
Appreciate you!
Date: 4/2/2018 1:10:00 PM
I confess that I've never heard of her Sunlite but your verse created an excellent image of her. Tom
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Date: 4/3/2018 6:04:00 PM
She lasted so long here, I can't imagine - but then it's not a guy strip. Thank you so much, Tom.
Date: 4/2/2018 12:52:00 PM
absolutely charming Sunlite, I could picture her so vividly from your wonderful description:-) hugs Jan xx
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Date: 4/3/2018 6:03:00 PM
Thank you. It was fun to write.