TheFED Writing Challenge for September 2009 is: 'Dressing Up'
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Please say which writing group (if any) you are a member of. All submissions will be included in TheFED Website Gallery September 2009 A writing challenge designed to cope with people you dislike;
Think of someone you dislike---- an awkward neighbour/ a bully at work or school/ a difficult relative
Now write; dress them in clothes you would like to wear, and put them somewhere you would like to be.
Additional Note: I think the examples of dislikeables I ‘ve given may be too overt…they could include the shadowy creatures who tip rubbish out of their cars onto the street, people that you don’t trust, have fallen out of love with etc… I was aiming to get people writing from someone else’s perspective, not an easy thing to do, but I thought the hook of their own clothes or favourite activity might help.
Clothe thy Enemy
So that I may see reflected
The faults I never knew I had
People that I know are horrors
I would dress them all in mirrors
Those whose habits drive me mad
And whose actions make me sad So that I may see reflected The faults I never knew I had Ashley Jordan (GROW)
NO DISGUISE I shall dress you in rags and top it with lace with smudges of soot to disfigure your face, A sandal and slipper to wear on your feet two socks in odd colours to parade in the street. No label to name you for you shall be known for acts of unkindness for which you atone, For Karma foretells the wheel turns around no - one can escape the culprit is found.
Dressing Up Paul Evans (Stevenage Survivors)
In plucking a feather
We dress for pleasure
like Peacocks strutting together
In Mass we gather
Inebriated we fall together
at Hedonism we gather
in board room antics we slither
our wealth no bound
This stock market will keep us attired
spewing our gains on Eighteen hour days
and Hooray for horse racing
Holidays in the Caribbean
cruises to exotic climes
abound with cash
In lives we deal
anything is for sale
in land or slavery
to make the gain
and leave others to pain
This is the way
to punish the weak
and forward with self
To dress ourselves in vogue
while half the world starves
and recession bites
in this land of wealth and right.
Marlene Rowe POW U.S.A.
She could put on my red plaid flannels, I suppose, but even my imagination cannot visualize her, shuffling, at 2:00 a.m., behind mom's frail frame, guiding her back to her bed after yet another dementia-induced wandering. She could wear the lightly-powdered, disposable vinyl gloves over her sublimely manicured, dainty hands while performing the constant routine of changing soiled briefs and disinfecting the commode. She could use one of her costly, stylish cell phones to call, just to say, "How is mom today?", and pretend to be interested in the response. I would gladly share this heavy garb of care and worry and concern, but, she is too attached to her cloak of self-absorbtion, and, sadly, my wardrobe does not suit her.
I just wanted to congratulate Malene Rowe for 'Sheep's Clothing'
What an excellent piece of writing - and the first to stay true to the Challenge!
Very strong and powerful - great peice I agree Ashley!
Well done Marlene
I do not need to,
Strip you naked
You did that yourself.
I don’t need your finery
For even in jeans
I’m at ease with myself.
Silk does not a person make
Nor rags define a tramp
It’s in our inner selves
Where the truth lies.
And your lies, Expose the truth. J an Hedger GROW
Marlene Rowe POW(USA)
Jan: Thank you. I loved your line, "And your lies, expose the truth."
Though, sometimes, truth is revealed more through that which is suppressed, as opposed to that which is expressed. Marlene
Thank you Marlene,
And I agree, with what you say. I wanted to use the double meaning of lies, in the way our English language often uses words with double meaning. I have another Secret and Lies poem - inspired by an Ashley workshop, I shall post it somewhere for you to read, and let you know, Keep the ink flowing! Jan
Dressing up Dressing up smart looking dressed suit with white shirt , cuff links , a Tye , not a Dicky bow . looks naff. a Tye that shows your personality, clip on to your shirt hair combed in a style that suits you, dressing up can make you feel more comfortable . People some times treat you in a different way with respect, you may been seen as a authortive figure. dressing up can be fun. Nick Crump (GROW)