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Lexington Poetry Month
Singular Start
article by
K. Bruce Florence

Can a girl wear red on her wedding day? 
Such a scandal would weigh heavy
Against convention. Why Red?
New starts should employ symbols,
Not white lace or  promises, but real.  

Day was hot, lunch bell about to ring,
He laughed and offered a bite of a red
Popsicle in his strong fingers, a wink
Justifiying his not so shy grin
He was next year up, cool, jaunty.

Trying not to, but failing, I kept staring
At lanky length, curly hair, green eyes.
Despite knobby knees, barked shins,
Stringy hair and a broken tooth, a dream
Inside sprang from the air, I guess. 

When he surrenders, and doesn’t quite
Know how it all happened, red might
Toss a hint to my tall, handsome dream
Of a day when a five cent ice doomed 
Him to a capture he never suspected. 

K. Bruce Florence 

4 responses to “Singular Start”

  1. Melva Sue Priddy says:

    red might
    Toss a hint to my tall, handsome dream
    Of a day when a five cent ice doomed
    Him to a capture he never suspected.

    Love it!

  2. K. Bruce Florence says:

    When you write a solid line, it is such a boost if someone else spots it, too. Thank you.

  3. Kathleen Gregg says:

    I love how you have played with the color red! In China it is a symbol of good luck and women there do wear red on their wedding day! Love this poem, especially the second stanza where the narrator first falls in love!

  4. K. Bruce Florence says:

    The second stanza was one of the very few
    easy things that so far have have happened to her. Hope her voice will show me some other small victories as we take this journey.

    K. Bruce Florence

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