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


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,


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 Responses to Faded Blouse

  1. Beautiful photo and writing.


  2. 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.

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Beautifully written.


  4. eraserhead88 says:

    I like writing 🙂


  5. Just Joan says:

    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. 🙂

    Liked by 4 people

  6. Marsha says:

    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! 🙂


  7. Indigo Radio says:

    *sighs* just beautiful…


  8. Maddy says:

    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.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Dormis Aeternitas says:

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


  10. CiaoAngelique says:

    Very sensual. Thank you for liking my post!


  11. debbiegrav says:

    Thought provoking and beautiful.


  12. ajaykohli says:

    Confusion of being looked upon or want to be looked upon


  13. vjknutson says:

    Adolescent angst at its best – well written


  14. Mollie Hunt says:

    At 60, your words provoke memories wrapped in a cotton hankie and put in a long-ago keepsake box.

    Liked by 1 person

  15. artrosch says:

    A beautiful word-vignette, Elan. The photo’s perfect.


  16. vivachange77 says:

    Lovely and full of truth. A little sad. I love this.

    Liked by 1 person

  17. wwwpalfitness says:

    Reblogged this on wwwpalfitness.


  18. What more can I say then this is beautifully written – you have so much talent!

    Liked by 1 person

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