M is for Mistake

long sleeves

The woman in the long skirt and the long sleeves
Expresses her profound regret
For the frayed condition of her appearance
And the lateness of the meal

She attributes the disarray to the difficulty
She has had in verifying her origins
In the grand scheme of things
And her place, and her destiny

A quick peek in the telescope will tell you
The positions of the stars and planets
In the night sky but her condition on this night,
And her position, are somewhat harder to ascertain

Shall she entertain or act restrained,
Should she read discreetly or clean aggressively
Would it be more appropriate for her to disavow
Any knowledge, or agree enthusiastically?

The questions are endless, answers
Elusive, like her smile when something strikes her fancy,
Lest it be too fancy and thus
Inopportune for the time and place.

Come dusk, when the lights dim and everything
Is uniform grey, when night is not quite here and
The rules may experience a period of relaxation,
She may be able to tell you. Or perhaps not.


(Long sleeves image from Internet Archive Book Images via Flickr.)

(Written in November, 2015 as part of the Writers Digest November PAD Challenge)

(Posted today as my Day 13 entry in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge)

This entry was posted in Challenges, Images I love, Poems and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

4 Responses to M is for Mistake

  1. kristin says:

    I hope she finally figures it out! I love the photo at the top.
    Finding Eliza

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Angela says:

    I am incredibly envious of you. No one should be able to write poetry as well as they write fiction. This is provocative. I like it.

    Liked by 1 person

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