"There is no beauty in the finest cloth if it makes hunger and unhappiness." 

- Mahatma Ghandi 

What Do Women Want? - Kim Addonizio

April 26, 2017

 

I want a red dress.

I want it flimsy and cheap, 

I want it too tight, I want to wear it

until someone tears it off me.

I want it sleeveless and backless,

this dress, so no one has to guess

what's underneath. I want to walk down 

the street past Thrifty's and the hardware store

with all those keys glittering in the window,

past Mr. and Mrs. Wong selling day-old

donuts in their cafe, past the Guerra brothers

slinging pigs from the truck and onto the dolly,

hoisting the slick snouts over their shoulders.

I want to walk like I'm the only

woman on earth and I can have my pick.

I want that red dress bad.

I want it to confirm

your worst fears about me,

to show you how little I care about you

or anything except what

I want. When I find it, I'll pull that garment

from its hanger like I'm choosing a body

to carry me into this world, through

the birth-cries and the love-cries too, 

and I'll wear it like bones, like skin,

it'll be the goddamned

dress they bury me in.

 

-Kim Addonizio

 

 

 

Artist credit: blackandcurvy.tumbler.com 

 

 

 

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