Bitter Garland C. Dianne Long Poetry

local_library Bitter Garland

by C. Dianne Long

Published in Issue No. 3 ~ April, 1996

Don’t look at me I said
You won’t see
my beautiful dress.

Hours of needle and thread
Fingers pricked
healed but scarred.

You can’t see what I’ve done
The perfect hem

Only the frills and lace show
Not the seam
sewn arrow straight.

You’ll only see
The flowers and bows
not the lining.

You don’t deserve to see
Such a beautiful dress
worn only on Sunday.

The beauty is embedded
In the fabric
pressed neatly smooth.

Don’t look at my dress
You won’t see its beauty
until crumpled on the floor.

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C. Dianne Long was 29 years old at the time these poems were published. She was born and raised in Memphis, where she attended Memphis State University. She has been writing poetry since the age of seven -- and for the most part has kept her work a secret. These poems were her first published works.