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The Red Dress


I always saw, I always said

If I were grown and free,

I'd have a gown of reddest red

As fine as you could see,


To wear out walking, sleek and slow,

Upon a Summer day,

And there'd be one to see me so

And flip the world away.


And he would be a gallant one,

With stars behind his eyes,

And hair like metal in the sun,

And lips too warm for lies.


I always saw us, gay and good,

High honored in the town.

Now I am grown to womanhood....

I have the silly gown.


-Dorothy Parker


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Taken on April 12, 2009