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The Dress

It was the last year of high school and there was a lack of beaux, But then I got an invite. Whew, that was close! So now the Prom was coming and I was going to go! Mom gassed up for the city, headed out with me in tow, Big stores all hunched together on a tall and scary street, One dress along a rack with just repeat, repeat, repeat. But Mom found a creation in an entirely different place, Moulded tulle and satin, fairy dust and moonlit lace! I thought she was kidding though the thing was just my size. I was worried; fairy tales don't often turn out to be wise. And the price tag is ridiculous! I said Mom take a look! She plunked it down determinedly, tore a check out of the book. That left a lot for me to do. My looks are commonplace. New makeup and new lipstick; how about new face? Silken shoes, a tiny purse, it's a lot of stress Just trying to live up to this fantastic dress! Rhinestone droplets dangle dangerous from my ear, My long hair piled up high. How much taller I appear! Prom night came...Poor Tommy! I was done up to impress. My hair swept up, my makeup on, long earrings and the Dress! He stood there in the doorway, uncertain in his tux, Black tie, stiff shirt; this is getting all too much! The corsage he held between us was carnations glowing red. He looked up cautiously and ventured; "Is that you, Bo?" he said.

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Date: 11/11/2022 8:38:00 PM
I loved this poem when I first read it, so it brings me great pleasure being back here to congratulate you that it has been named P.O.T.W.!
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Date: 11/10/2022 3:55:00 PM
Elizabeth, I love autobiographical writes such as this because a) they are authentic, and b) they leave a legacy to all who know and love you. There is much to be charmed with in this story of the Dress. I can just imagine being Tommy in a tux wondering if that's really his friend behind all the external accessories and adornments. Well told, congrats for your POTW award ~ John
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Elizabeth McCann
Date: 11/10/2022 4:45:00 PM
I like the way you comment, John. I always feel that you have really experienced the poem and reacted from your own center. Thank you so very much1 Elizabeth
Date: 11/10/2022 12:05:00 AM
(Smiles) ~ a delightful read, beautifully narrated. Congrats on POTW, Elizabeth
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Elizabeth McCann
Date: 11/10/2022 12:43:00 AM
Unseeking, so glad to have caught your attention! Lovely to hear from you. Eizabeth
Date: 11/9/2022 3:05:00 AM
Elizabeth, a charming story, well penned, congratulations on POTW!
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Elizabeth McCann
Date: 11/10/2022 12:45:00 AM
Thanks, Tania! It's really great to have a poem that works for others whose work I respect. Elizabeth
Date: 11/8/2022 6:53:00 PM
So emotional.. so much pressure..so intense and joyful and full of that teen age angst. I love the ending! Wonderfully expressed Elizabeth !Belated congratulations on POTW! All the best to you, Susan :)
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Elizabeth McCann
Date: 11/10/2022 12:47:00 AM
I know; crises all over the place! But, yes, Tommy and I laughed at the time! Elizabeth
Date: 11/8/2022 7:11:00 AM
My emotions are everywhere. Those uncertain years of juvenescence! Your brave mother, [the dress] oh my, and Tommy, enough said. Congratulations on The POTW Elizabeth McCann!
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Elizabeth McCann
Date: 11/8/2022 12:54:00 PM
Thank you, Anaya. Yes, you caught that; my mother taught me to be brave and Tommy was very sweet. The photo turned out blurry but maybe that's okay for a fairy tale. Elizabeth
Date: 11/8/2022 5:40:00 AM
Congratulations, Dear Elizabeth, on honour of POTW. What an amazingly lovely poem, and what an amazing story of our youth! Those days were very very sweet! And you have captured the delightful memory with perfect descriptions of every detail!
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Elizabeth McCann
Date: 11/8/2022 12:51:00 PM
It's amazing to me how so many of us were feeling this anxiousness with thrill mixed in. We could share the thrill but kept the anxiety secret. Now we recognize the sweetness, as you say. Elizabeth
Date: 11/7/2022 10:25:00 PM
Delightful stress of the dress! Oh, those days...~;o)
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Elizabeth McCann
Date: 11/7/2022 10:45:00 PM
Great reply, Arlo! I've lost track of your work; I'll go have a look. Elizabeth
Date: 11/7/2022 7:01:00 AM
Aww so cute and so cleverly done Elizabeth - congratulations on the honor of your POTW!
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Elizabeth McCann
Date: 11/7/2022 12:20:00 PM
Thank you, Linda! I enjoy hearing from you! Elizabeth
Date: 11/7/2022 2:51:00 AM
Fabulous poetry Elizabeth, a beautiful rendition telling the thrill of the prom. Congratulations on receiving the honour of poem of the week… Belle
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Elizabeth McCann
Date: 11/7/2022 12:23:00 PM
Belle, really nice of you to comment. I guess at that time of our lives, we are filled with the magic of music and dance and boys and we still remember though our limbs won't move that way any more! (creak!) Elizabeth
Date: 11/6/2022 11:59:00 PM
A lovely poem. Congratulations on your POTW. Well done.
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Elizabeth McCann
Date: 11/7/2022 1:32:00 AM
Thank you, Jeanette. I appreciate your reply! Elizabeth
Date: 11/6/2022 11:28:00 PM
Wow…Poem Of The Week what a accolade! Congratulations Elizabeth you so deserve it. A wonderful poem of reflection. Cheers Debx
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Elizabeth McCann
Date: 11/7/2022 1:31:00 AM
Ah, Deb, you are such a great support. Thank you very much and cheers back! Elizabeth
Date: 11/6/2022 4:54:00 PM
Just so you know, common is "beautiful." The dress may have been elegant, but it was you, that sparkled that night. All because of your outlook and your positive attitude. Such a wonderful memory Elizabeth. Congratulations on Poem of the Week. My best to you. :) Hugs, Brandy
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Elizabeth McCann
Date: 11/6/2022 5:01:00 PM
What a lovely reply, Brandy. I have missed out on your work, going to have a look! Hugs back! Elizabeth
Date: 11/6/2022 12:10:00 PM
An idyllic retro visit to a waltz down your memory lane. Congratulations on POTW!
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Elizabeth McCann
Date: 11/6/2022 5:03:00 PM
My reply to you has disappeared! Oh well I love a waltz! Thank you! Elizabeth
Date: 11/6/2022 11:40:00 AM
Elizabeth, your poem is truly wonderful and congratulations on receiving the POEM OF THE WEEK honor
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Elizabeth McCann
Date: 11/6/2022 4:50:00 PM
So pleased to hear from you, Constance! I constantly check in with your work, always rewarding! Elizabeth
Date: 11/6/2022 9:07:00 AM
Back to say congratulations on your Poem Of The Week honor, Liz. No surprise for such a fine poem! Write On my friend! Bill
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Elizabeth McCann
Date: 11/6/2022 4:52:00 PM
Hi Bill! Yeah, I'm suffering from shock! (but nice shock) We keep on keeping on! Elizabeth
Date: 11/6/2022 5:27:00 AM
Oh, how delightfully you've recreated this memory for us to read, Elizabeth! I'm curious about your nickname of 'Bo.' Congratulations on it being chosen potw.
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Jenna Logan
Date: 11/6/2022 5:47:00 PM
Thank you for the explanation and the compliment on my poetry, Elizabeth. That’s very kind of you.
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Elizabeth McCann
Date: 11/6/2022 4:56:00 PM
Delighted to hear from you, Jenna. I admire your work in its diverse entirety! "Bo" is the most direct form of Elizabeth in my childhood grammar. "Beth" was for the petit and sweet. I was petit. Elizabeth
Date: 11/6/2022 1:27:00 AM
Happy memories Elizabeth, congratulations to you on the honour of POTW. Have a great weekend. Tom
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Elizabeth McCann
Date: 11/6/2022 4:56:00 PM
Honored to hear from you, Tom. I'll do my best! Elizabeth
Date: 11/5/2022 2:04:00 PM
How precious, I loved it, Elizabeth. A FAV for me. memories flood my mind of my prom night 59 years ago. I still remember it well. I bet you were lovely, all fixed up and in "that" dress. :-) The ending was perfect. Nice poetry my friend to be. Bill
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Date: 11/5/2022 10:26:00 AM
Loved your poem Elizabeth it left a big smile on my face
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Date: 11/4/2022 11:55:00 AM
This is just delightful to read, from start to finish. Wow! Words can't express how much I enjoyed this poem. Wonderful! You get a Fav!
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Elizabeth McCann
Date: 11/4/2022 2:08:00 PM
Thank you, Joe. You are such a dear! Elizabeth
Date: 11/4/2022 4:46:00 AM
lol that must have been some night, I am sure you looked like a fairy Princess. amazing story, I hope its real Elizabeth
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Elizabeth McCann
Date: 11/4/2022 2:07:00 PM
Yes, amazingly true. I even have a photo but the spangles glittered and made it all a bit fuzzy. Maybe that's better. I might be disappointed by too much reality! Elizabeth
Date: 11/2/2022 3:51:00 PM
I just googled poor Tommy and found him on a 70th reunion picture, end of the back row. The picture has been cropped; the two men at the end of the last row are missing! We never became an item, just friends but he was/is a truly nice person. Liz
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Date: 11/2/2022 2:46:00 PM
Such an adorable ending there, Liz... Now, I'm dying to know how you answered poor Tommy on Prom night! Keep smiling, Gershon
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Date: 11/1/2022 11:31:00 AM
Fav'd! Aloha!
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Elizabeth McCann
Date: 11/1/2022 1:56:00 PM
Thanks, Rico. Shall we dance? Elizabeth
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