Faded Blouse

 

Photo by Abbie Pegler
Photo by Abbie Pegler

We take the blouse

(Forbidden by mothers

Unknown by fathers)

From out our school backpacks

Hurriedly

Tucking our slimness,

Or the semblance of slimness

Into the new shell

Over naïve shoulders

Behind the large shade

of the neglected tree

In case someone’s looking

Knowing that everyone’s looking

Hoping for someone to notice

Which is different than looking.

This hunger evolves into

The secret tattoo,

placed

Off-center, upon the upper arm

Back shoulder, above the ankle

Only to find out after

We have been well-fed

There still resides the wish

For the blouse to remain forbidden,

And the secret tattoo

Kept from fading

 

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26 Comments on “Faded Blouse

  1. Something mesmerising, inexplicably forcing the mind to reside on the intricate simplicity of one thought: the certainty of being away from fading.
    Well written and captivating.
    Thank you.
    Moshe

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  2. In case someone’s looking
    Knowing that everyone’s looking
    Hoping for someone to notice
    Which is different than looking.
    I love these lines, Elan. They totally sum up my high school years. Of course, no one was really looking. And the only one who noticed was my gross biology lab partner, who I’d have never gone out with anyway. 🙂

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  3. There is definitely something to be said about the forbidden. If nothing was forbidden, and there certainly seems to be a lot less than there used to be, I can not imagine what would or will happen to society. Your poetry always makes me think! 🙂

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  4. It’s beautifully written. The beauty of being young and naive is the immense pleasure in doing what is forbidden. This vividly captures those feelings.

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  5. What a great question. I think it depends on who you are and what you portray. I think some are good about keeping secrets, and some are good about staying out of the limelight. What do you think?

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  6. hey you’re a water witch but then you probably already know this! I am too… *w*

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  7. Very sensual. Thank you for liking my post!

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