Day 1: First Lines

This exercise is from the NaPoWriMo website. I picked a poem from one of my favorite poets, Harryette Mullen:

[When a dress is red] by Harryette Mullen from Recyclopedia: Trimmings, S*PERM**K*T, and Muse & Drudge.

[This work-in-progress needs some fresh air…]

When a dress is red, is there a happy ending.

If Dorothy had to




her ruby slippers

to go back to her


then what would it take

for the lady in

red to go to home


Some shimmying and

petticoat ruffling?

Too easy!

But a potential suitor

draws near,

her index finger hooks

his belt loop and

reels him out of the

Loveshack Lounge

into her bedroom.

[“There’s no place like home…”]

She plays this charade

every Saturday


It’s her claim to fame.

Call her loose if you want,


if you flipped through the layers of her soul,

you would’ve known she had that used bookstore feel.

And she wants to be read,

flushed skin and all.

Another man’s body inside of her is another tale to tell.

The lady in red is shameless.

Happy endings are what you make of them.

– Michelle D. Hooks


Copyright © Michelle D. Hooks 2013

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