Calligraphy Girl

Penciled eyebrows arched in surprise
bright red lips and stiletto heels
short white gloves like her mother wore
and always a billowing skirt,
crinolines attached for extra flounce.

She struts through life to decorate the scene
takes center stage to raucous applause.

Shoes come off, skirt removed
she twirls it above her head
three loops, then let sail
caught by the lucky wide-eyed man
sitting in a front row seat.

Each movement choreographed
her legs curve round the rope.

She ascends high and higher still
seeks the spotlight’s heat,
craves this life,
to dangle and curl
high above the circus floor.


5 thoughts on “Calligraphy Girl

  1. mincs1 August 5, 2015 / 4:46 am

    Not what I expected when I first started reading! Fun and racy 🙂 Kudos, Lillian!

    Liked by 1 person

    • lillian August 5, 2015 / 10:02 am

      Many thanks for the kudos. I had fun with this one! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  2. AnnMarie Roselli-Kissack August 5, 2015 / 11:51 am

    Morning Lillian.
    Love how this piece blends the old with the new – regardless of decade – the ‘dancer’s’ effect is constant – whether trapeze artist, pole-twirler, ballerina…
    You’ve captured the sensibility of the artistic movement.
    To a day filled with family!

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