Alison Cassidy

Rookie (6th August,1945 / Melbourne, Australia)

Mutton Dressed As Lamb - Poem by Alison Cassidy

I noticed three servings
yesterday at the local café -
sixty something retirees
nibbling on entrees
of empty, idle chatter.

The first (the bossy one)
wore a generous head of hair
(or was it a wig?)
Bootlace brown and brazenly ‘bouffant’,
it failed somehow to compliment
the loud and overcooked face
that scowled beneath it.

The second had ‘done’ hers herself.
A Decore ‘natural’ blond
trying (unsuccessfully I fear)
to mask the pale pink pate
that peeped from between
a stand of meagre stalks.

The third was ‘tipped’
(a suburban salon for sure)
in red and Munroe blond.
Her foundation, applied
generously and myopically,
served only to emphasize
the murder of ‘crows feet’
that ravaged her face.

Their ‘other halves’
were balding, bespectacled and paunchy.
They didn’t say much -
Out voiced it would seem
by the generous servings
of mutton dressed as lamb
bleating beside them.


Comments about Mutton Dressed As Lamb by Alison Cassidy

  • Paul Buttigieg (4/12/2008 3:05:00 AM)

    Crikey kid...I think I was there........I saw them all in St Kilda (Report)Reply

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  • (4/6/2008 9:34:00 AM)

    Wonderfully done. The picture is painted so vividly and wittily.
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  • (4/4/2008 7:41:00 PM)

    Yes, them,
    for it is nearly always 'them'. Them with their sagging ways and
    shining metals stealing the eye from their conscious smiles.
    They have an image of themselves
    and they wear it like a warm coat,
    - good evocative poem Capital P
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  • (4/4/2008 1:25:00 PM)

    This is so funny Alison, I've been known to say that ' It would good at the end of the day, if we could take off our faces for a good iron andthen just put them back on again after '

    This is a great one Thankyou..NEEDED THE LIFT! !

    Love duncan X
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  • Andrew Blakemore (4/4/2008 1:13:00 PM)

    A wonderfully humerous poem Alison. Great observation and descriptive qualities. I could picture it all in my mind. Andrew x (Report)Reply

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  • (4/2/2008 11:41:00 AM)

    I was really enjoying this until I got to the 'balding, bespectacled and paunchy' bit and worked out (sitting opposite the lounge mirror as I was) why the line struck a chord. Seriously, I love the quality of your observation... Thanks to Helen Unknown for the tip to check out your output...definitely worth the effort... off to rummage in other areas of your poetic undergrowth now. Cheers. Tony (Report)Reply

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  • (3/31/2008 7:46:00 AM)

    Absolutely top-notch poetry Allie! I laughed out loud at this one - love the opening 'three servings', right down the last lines's 'bleating beside them'! Blinding work dear Allie - HG: -) xx (Report)Reply

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  • (3/30/2008 3:13:00 AM)

    I can only echo everyone else...to laugh out loud is wondrous while reading...perhaps it strikes too close to home...not me of course...Coach (Report)Reply

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  • (3/29/2008 6:10:00 PM)

    A top ten people watcher! Loved:

    'it failed somehow to compliment
    the loud and overcooked face
    that scowled beneath it.'
    Don't we all know one of those?
    Remember Enid Sharples of 'Corination Street'?
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  • (3/28/2008 7:17:00 PM)

    A razor sharp poetess's mind and eye brought to bear to striking effect Allie! You had me laughing out loud here. I know I shouldn't, but it all seemed so damned real! I could see you looking and thinking certain thoughts in preparation - knowing you were onto a winner.. The 'murder of crows feet' is a stormer, a ballybincher, as some might still say in the country parts over here, amongst many finely honed observations in a tightly constructed, entertaining offering. Loved this. Made my night. Perfect place to quit. Thank you. xxx jim (Report)Reply

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  • (3/28/2008 11:15:00 AM)

    Allie, we have TV series over here called Last Of The Summer Wine about three old gentlemen who are well passed their prime. As I read your poem which I couldn't resist, it so reminded me of that series. Only this time the characters where ladies who had seen better days. I had a hearty chuckle over their descriptions which was done with the familiar Cassidy panache. Top marks and thanks for sharing these Mutton's dressed as Lamb.
    David xxx
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  • (3/26/2008 9:27:00 PM)

    Dear Allie

    Tableau, vignette.....your skill with all......
    your eye-sight...heart-sight do enthrall

    Hoping those folks, at home, today,
    have not forgotten how to play! !

    Love, D. xxxx
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  • (3/26/2008 6:32:00 AM)

    Really enjoyable! ! ! Had me smiling the whole way through this piece. Your descriptions are absolutely awesome. Speaks volumes about your keen sense of observation and your facile pen.

    I was reminded of Saul Bellow's Mosby's Memoirs. Can almost picture you sitting at the cafe and silently taking in all the details to turn it into a fine poem.

    I am sure all the middled aged pauncy men reading this will try to spruce up.

    Love and take care
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  • Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (3/26/2008 5:20:00 AM)

    Remind me never to pinch yir' ire, young lady...don't think my ego could withstand a Cassidy up front & close dressdown! LOL! Thank the Good Lord, as one of thos' other halves.... i still work out & have hair...Woooosh! ...Now, that we've addressed
    that point of concern....Hey, young lady...this was indeed an awesome piece of work....theme-wise...imagework, spot-on depiction grandeur & of course, that Madamoiselle Cassidy savoire-faire, that one can dream about, but won't likely possess in their lifetime!

    ~ FjR ~
    ..2008..
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  • Ernestine Northover (3/26/2008 3:49:00 AM)

    This is so excellent Allie, I am laughing so much. This is my kind of poem, all about real life and the characters in it. So well captured. These people make our lives so interesting. You can see the same over here, they are an amazing sight. Thanks for this morning's uplifter it is going to my favourites list right away.
    Love and hugs Ernestine XXX
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  • (3/26/2008 3:06:00 AM)

    I shouldn't be laughing - but you've done such a damn good job describing them I can see them sitting there like a bunch of stuffed dummies. Tee hee. A ripper Lass! Rgds, Ivan (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Poem Edited: Saturday, May 31, 2008


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