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Donald Justice - Ode To A Dressmaker's Dummy

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O my coy darling, still
You wear for me the scent
Of those long afternoons we spent,
The two of us together,
Safe in the attic from the jealous eyes
Of household spies
And the remote buffooneries of the weather;
So high,
Our sole remaining neighbor was the sky,
Which, often enough, at dusk,
Leaning its cloudy shoulders on the sill,
Used to regard us with a bored and cynical eye.

How like the terrified,
Shy figure of a bride
You stood there then, without your clothes,
Drawn up into
So classic and so strict a pose
Almost, it seemed, our little attic grew
Dark with the first charmed night of the honeymoon.
Or was it only some obscure
Shape of my mother's youth I saw in you,
There where the rude shadows of the afternoon
Crept up your ankles and you stood
Hiding your sex as best you could?--
Prim ghost the evening light shone through.

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Ode To A Dressmaker's Dummy - Comments and Information

Poet: Donald Justice
Poem: Ode To A Dressmaker's Dummy
Volume: A Donald Justice Reader
Poem of the Day: Aug 24 2004

Comment 5 of 5, added on February 11th, 2012 at 11:59 PM.
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BiBiJon:As a card-carrying Bahai, Juan Cole can never be “objective” (I put that word in quoets, becuase I do not believe in such a thing; or at least, not in any “objective” sense – inter-subjective objectivity, yes – i.e., within one cultural/ religious domain). As such, his Comment on Iran is [only slightly less un-] Informed.

Linha from Netherlands-Antilles
Comment 4 of 5, added on June 10th, 2010 at 12:00 AM.
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Comment 3 of 5, added on February 13th, 2006 at 9:32 PM.

hey tom, i think you need to look more into the rhyme scheme and its effects. there's more to it than you think. also, make sure to spell weak correctly before criticising.

Jeff from Spain

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