Dorothy (Alves) Holmes

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Going On A Shopping Spree - Poem by Dorothy (Alves) Holmes

Old ladies, dressed to kill!
Laughing, smiling, flashing gold crowned store bought teeth!
Greeting each other with cherry 'Good Mornings! '
Brown and black and yellow and tan
Aunts and
Sister s
Gray-haired and bewigged.
Feeling happy, making chatter,
Eating fried chicken and homemade cake.
Dragging arthritic legs, forgetting the pain,
Feeling happy - out together!
Combined ages older than Methuselah,
Their wisdom insurmountable.
Eight a.m. and traveling North, going to Lancaster, Pa.
On a shopping spree,
Feeling happy! Feeling Free!
Hiding money in sagging bosoms - in little home-made pouches...
Feeling secure when wrinkled fingers tucked them in place -
Fingers, with rings sparkling, antiqued and diamond clad;
Nails aglow in reds and pinks!
Little Miss Johnson holding a cigarette in grand fashion,
Blowing half made smoke rings through red rouged lips -
She, the fine lady in charge.
Miss Eva Crowel called upon to offer prayer - calls
On the Angel of the Lord to take us all safely there
And to ride with us on our return - a prayer, deep, sincere,
Her Amen, echoed, rippling soft in solemn accompaniment!
I feel like a child, wrapped in the bosom of their warmth...
I smile to myself and tell Miss Maelissia, sitting next to
Me, just how glad I am to be there, and mean it!

Comments about Going On A Shopping Spree by Dorothy (Alves) Holmes

  • (3/24/2007 10:11:00 AM)

    Dorothy, your observation is as sharp as ever. I felt that I was on that bus with all those wonderful characters. A beautiful poem full of atmosphere that you so lovingly create through your words. Thank you for sharing it my friend. Top marks.

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, March 24, 2007

Poem Edited: Saturday, February 5, 2011

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