Monday, May 17, 2010

A Glitch in the Fashion Works

She fondles her bamboo-patterned purse
and looks in Nordstrom's window
at summer styles. Brief is in.

Caparisons of crumple-proof rayon
are out. She doffs her raincoat
capitulating to the needs of the moment.

The silver-fleshed mannequin—
head canted at an anatomically unlikely angle—
(a glitch in the display-designing software?)

stares sapiently into the rain. Her mouth
tastes of it: tincture of futility.

--for Big Tent's Wordle prompt
Collection available! Knocking from Inside

12 comments:

Naquillity said...

you are never at a loss for great wording. this is great. hope all has been well. have a great day.

Stan Ski said...

Great economic use of the words.
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briarcat said...

It was worth the hunt to find this. all mannequins are disturbing, but the silver ones are closer to creepy.

Derrick said...

"Caparisons of crumple-proof rayon" are so last year! Enjoyed this window shopping.

Joyce Ellen Davis said...

I got 'em all in, too, but not in so few lines! Another good one!

Linda said...

I'm not a fashionista, but I loved this poem, especially those few words that snagged me in the beginning, "Brief is in." Thanks!

http://lindagoin.com/

Tumblewords: said...

Brief is in - yup. A fun and fine read!

marginalia said...

wonderful details. Loved the bamboo purse.

Linda Frances

word-painting.blogspot.com

Mary said...

Amazingly clever. And 'tincture of futility' made me smile!

caroleesherwood said...

smart to combine some of the words like "crumple-proof" and "tincture of futility" -- a trick i hope to remember when i do my next wordle poem!

caroleesherwood said...

smart to combine some of the words like "crumple-proof" and "tincture of futility" -- a trick i hope to remember when i do my next wordle poem!

Deb said...

(I fixed the link.)

I'm amazed when someone uses the words in such tight -- and creative, yet reasonable -- ways. Like this!

Well done & a terrific read.