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The White Dress by Ciara Flynn

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The White Dress by Ciara Flynn

Damask lace, chiffon petticoat, cap sleeves,

Bodice and flared skirt to just below the knee

Where elegance resides, as ladies know.

Gathers, box pleats, facings and a high waist

Plush with material, the Dior New Look,

Redolent of plenty and abundance.

This is the dress, The Dress, The dress;

Worn for cinema trips and high teas,

For dances at the Adelphi and dinner at the Metropole.

History fades these photographs to monochrome,

The grins and held hands and pin curls and Brylcreemed pates.

But the dress sings out of each picture,

A splash of brightness against the muddy colour of time

With a smile and a laugh

And a red belt wound around her white waist like a prayer.

The White Dress by Ciara Flynn

Damask lace, chiffon petticoat, cap sleeves,

Bodice and flared skirt to just below the knee

Where elegance resides, as ladies know.

Gathers, box pleats, facings and a high waist

Plush with material, the Dior New Look,

Redolent of plenty and abundance.

This is the dress, The Dress, The dress;

Worn for cinema trips and high teas,

For dances at the Adelphi and dinner at the Metropole.

History fades these photographs to monochrome,

The grins and held hands and pin curls and Brylcreemed pates.

But the dress sings out of each picture,

A splash of brightness against the muddy colour of time

With a smile and a laugh

And a red belt wound around her white waist like a prayer.

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