Cinderella was not the one for him after all.

Cinderella was not the one for him after all.

A Poem by Phoebe Woode



10pm

There is a party tonight.

I have nothing to wear.

But,

My roommate lends me her long black dress.

It reveals the beauty mark on my collar bone.


10:10pm

She colors my lips the color of wine.

And paints my eyelids the shade of brown.

My hair like my mother's curly to the point of no return.

I comb it so it hangs in an afro.


10:20

I look for the shoes my mom had gotten for me a while back.

She calls them “Cinderella shoes”.

The reason for that I honestly don’t know.

But, I take them for luck.


I have to be back by midnight.


10:30pm

The sky is at default- grey as if tired of existing.

The air smells of disappointment and beer.

Already drunk 20-year-olds are heading to the

club.

It could be a warning sign.

Yet,I have to see him.

I want to.


11pm

Half an hour into my search

the sole of my shoe starts to come off.

It is hanging off like an alligator's tongue.

I  step on it, so the glue sticks back.  

It does not work.

The shoe has to come off.

My protection.



11:30pm


He is nowhere to be found.

Still.

Yet, even if I wanted to I could not

Hear him.

The music is overpowering every beating heart.

But, I am determined.

I am going to tell him how I feel.

I walk past a group of drunk dancers.


11:59

My heart is beating fast.

I see him at the corner of the room.

At last.

My heart beats to its own accord.

Almost violent,


I can’t breathe


I see him.


With.


Her.

The girl with the golden curls.

Her head on his broad shoulder.

He does not see me.

But, she does, her red claws on his neck.

Her lips on his.


I want to click my shoes and go home like Dorothy.


Midnight

I stand close to the stairwell

The color of my lips fades to the color Grey

I Listen to him  talk to her.

I am standing here

What am I

without him?

without protection?


I hear the rain mimicking the sound of my tears.

© 2016 Phoebe Woode



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I loved it. The time-stamps really added to the progression because we all knew something was going to happen at midnight but we had to keep reading to find out exactly what! I loved the realism you've depicted with your brilliant use of descriptive imagery. Well done! :)

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Phoebe Woode

1 Year Ago

I am glad that you found this enjoyable :)
this writing was quite experimental.

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Phoebe Woode

1 Year Ago

thanks for reviewing this yellow smiley face who brightened up my day :)
Andronicus

1 Year Ago

You're are absolutely welcome. :)



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best write of the day
so fluid
love Cinderella's alligator shoes
and the reference to Dorothy too.


Posted 11 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

I loved it. The time-stamps really added to the progression because we all knew something was going to happen at midnight but we had to keep reading to find out exactly what! I loved the realism you've depicted with your brilliant use of descriptive imagery. Well done! :)

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Phoebe Woode

1 Year Ago

I am glad that you found this enjoyable :)
this writing was quite experimental.

.. read more
Phoebe Woode

1 Year Ago

thanks for reviewing this yellow smiley face who brightened up my day :)
Andronicus

1 Year Ago

You're are absolutely welcome. :)
I really do not know what poem structure you used in this piece but I must say it seems a little bizarre. The singled word lines; the pauses, the jumps; the times-stamps; they all feel like a movie reel that takes us on the intermittent journey of this quasi-Cinderella tale.

I like how your poems are experimental. Not in the least conventional in terms of structure or anything else, which I think is a good thing. I also really liked this line, "The sky is at default- grey as if tired of existing", captivating and ingenious.

Anyways, it was a good one. Please keep writing.

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Phoebe Woode

1 Year Ago

I did not use any particular structure for this one -just time.

thanks for the review.. read more
Cool poem. Interesting structure.

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Phoebe Woode

1 Year Ago

Thanks Stuart!

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