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The dress

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by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

She wore the dress and it was stained.
She took it off and it got wrinkled.
She wondered if anyone knew she accidentally ripped it.He took a picture of her wearing it.
He enjoyed a memory of her laughing in it.
He asked her to wear it again and again.

She wore it out through all the good times.
She searched for another in one-hundred catalogues.
She paraded down Main Street because it was irreplaceable.

He remembered her youth while she had it on.
He gathered it up with other old clothes for a charity.
He asked his daughter, “What’s going on?” and she said, “Dressing like mommy.”

His daughter will never know how she enjoyed being in it.
She may never hope to measure up to it.
His daughter wanted a doll to wear it.

He remembered her wearing it as a newlywed,
and danced with her and felt her laughter because of it.
He doted on her every whim each night in his lonely dream.

The daughter kept it and modified it.
She de-accessorized it.
She decided to bedazzle it.

He adored her in it.
He got it cleaned and gave it new life.
He repaired it and no one was the wiser.

She wore the dress and it got stained.
She took it off and it got wrinkled.
She put it back on and her mother’s laughter filled the room again.

Copyright © 1960-2017 Lawrence J. J. Leonard  All rights reserved.

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