GUESTBOOK 166 (2015): “Dressing Room” (by James Von Hendy)



The crush of velvet, taffeta, and slick

Of silk that slithers, snakelike, softly down

The dancer’s legs and pools around their feet,

A jeweled diadem that’s tossed aside in haste,


And glitter spilled across the floorboards,

A littered galaxy of dreams replete

With stays and braces, corsets, crinoline,

And lace, the understory that so graced


The gilded dancers now a trampled hymn

To artifice before the makeup glass,

Each pivot to another act a din

Of chaos, what was beauty laid to waste.


For nightly the illusions must be complete,

But here lies truth, much closer to chagrin.

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© James Von Hendy / all rights reserved



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