Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Blue Star

Tee - Theme, thrifted
Skirt - B.B. Dakota, gift from Sheila
Clear bangle, Belt -thrifted
Pumps - Fluevog

The Blue Star by Philip Levine

"Show me the place," he said.
I removed my shirt and pointed
to a tiny star above my heart.
He leaned and listened. I could feel
his breath falling lightly, flattening
the hairs on my chest. He turned
me around, and his hands gently
plied my shoulder blades and then rose
to knead the twin columns forming
my neck. "You are an athlete?"
"No" I said, "I'm a working man."
"And you make?" he said. "I make
the glare for light bulbs." "Yes,
where would we be without them?"
"In the dark." I hear the starched
dress of the nurse behind me,
and then together they helped me
lie face up on his table, where blind
and helpless I thought of all
the men and women who had surrendered
and how little good it had done them.
The nurse took my right wrist
in her strong hands, and I
saw the doctor lean toward me,
a tiny chrome knife glinting in
one hand and tweezers in the other.
I could feel nothing, and then he said
proudly, "I have it!" and held up
the perfect little blue star, no
longer me and now bloodless. "And do
you know what we have under it?"
"No," I said. "Another perfect star."
I closed my eyes, but the lights
still swam before me in a sea
of golden fire. "What does it mean?"
"Mean?" he said, dabbing the place
with something cool and liquid,
and all the lights were blinking on
and off, or perhaps my eyes were
opening and closing. "Mean?" he said,
"It could mean this is who you are."

10 comments:

  1. Very cute! Pretty Shiny Sparkly is having a color block join in (what is it that they call that?) for her Bloggers Do It Better series. This would be perfect for it!

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  2. Augggh - I bought a pencil skirt on Sat from JC Penney in teal ONLY because they didn't have the mustard yellow in my size! Sorta hating you right now. (Except I couldn't because you look freakin' awesome in this. I LOVE the colors!)

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  3. @ Taylor - Don't hate me! I've been hunting a yellow skirt so long, this one had to come from Canada! I'm jealous of your teal skirt, lol!

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  4. What a precious poem :)

    Great color combination here. Love those shoes too. I hope you are having a great day!

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  5. Eeek! I have a skirt just like that and I've never thought to pair it with turquoise! So bold and pretty!

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  6. such a nice skirt in a fresh colour! i adore youre blog, and i have just made my own - im gonna follow you, i hope you like mine!
    thanks in advantage
    xoxo

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  7. Oh how I love you color blocking today! So gorgeous!

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  8. Awesome poem - love love love.

    The skirt looks amazing on you - I love it with teal! We will have to try to do a matching day sometime. :)

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  9. Wonderful colors! I just love those Fluevogs.

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  10. Oh, duh, I DID see this. :) You look awesome in it!

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