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TheFED Writing Challenge
for September 2009 is: 

'Dressing Up' 

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September 2009

A writing challenge designed to cope with people you dislike;

Dressing up

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.

Bruce Barnes

Ashley Jordan

Clothe thy Enemy

(An Octelle)

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)


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.

Paul Evans

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.
Sheep's Clothing

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.
Ashley Jordan
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!

Jan Hedger
Very strong and powerful - great peice I agree Ashley!
Well done Marlene

Jan Hedger



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.

Jan 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.
Jan Hedger
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!


Nick Crump
      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)
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