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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

For Real Toads: Ella's fashion challenge

My friend Ella, a self-described Ninja Stylist (I love that idea, it terrifies me, but I love it) quoted Coco Chanel to the online writers' group Imaginary Garden with Real Toads and challenged us to write a poem on one of the many aspects of fashion as we see it.
"Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening." Coco Chanel
(Do check out Ella's explanation of Ninja Stylist on the Real Toads page.)
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It's been a while since I've felt up to posting anything, for Real Toads, or for one of my favorite memes, but just this evening I've started to feel a tiny bit better. I could venture the suggestion that Diet Coke cures colds, but I've had this cold for a week, so I suspect that instead it might just be running its course. I hope.
Ella's challenge made me think of something I did quite a few years ago, by way of a fashion statement of my own. Of course, everybody and his/her dog has done it since, and I don't feel I'm any sort of a trendsetter, but it was an adventure at the time.
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when I was really no longer young
(but younger then than now)
my hair had started to gather some grey
and I wanted it changed somehow.
one day as my stylist cut my hair
I noticed
different colored dyes
all arrayed before my eyes
and asked her to dye my grey bits
graple.
what fun I had for a couple of weeks
with my brown hair violet-streaked
a whole lot better than grey or white!
I realized then that I might
be able to wear only
my purple clothes
and purple shoes,
with purple hose.
I had a friend take a photo of me
and I was all excited to see
how it looked, because by then
I'd had it all dyed brown again,
only to find out, when it was too late
the
photo
was
not
in
color.
 

10 comments:

Ella said...

ooooh, no! I love this, so brave and full of purple passion and not photo-so sad! But I love the bravado of you being bold and going there!
So fun to read n' imagine! :D
I love this (((hugs)))

Fran said...

How funny! My dream is that when I retire I am going to dye my hair blue and pink, just because I can!!!! Hope you are now well and truly better xxxx

Daryl said...

oh no .... what a fun poem .. i am thinking of dying a section of my hair cobalt blue

sreeja harikrishnan said...

oh loved this spirit that flows in the poem.....very delightful....

Sherry Blue Sky said...

This is hilarious, and so you, Kay! Loved it!

Mama Zen said...

Oh, my! The ending made me laugh out loud!

Helen said...

I love this humorous look at hair fashion! Purple is good anywhere, even hair!

Mary said...

Ha ha ha!! This made me laugh.

Susie Clevenger said...

I love it. I have thought of putting a purple streak in my hair...my husband says no. lol Love how you formed the poem to!!

Margaret said...

Photo shop could take care of that for you! ;) ha, grey hair... not enjoying seeing that very much on myself. (Pop helps cure lots of things :) My vice is Dr. Pepper.