In high heels and dresses that floated on the waves of her crinoline,
She'd saunter down Manhattan streets
As "fellas" whistled from around her
Because she decorated their views.
In skirts expanded by petticoats
Swirling her colors,
She'd dance the lindy 'cross party floors
As hopeful beaus
Stood in line waiting for a chance to partner her.
Fifties gals in flipped hair styles,
Their hair held back by colored bands—
Her mind remembers as she studies the mirror
For signs of a person left behind.
Still standing straight on her 70th birthday,
Hair blonde as it once was,
Only a few gray streaks and lines
Telling the world she's no longer fifteen.
© Shelly Sitzer, 2014
|"Women's fashion in the 1950s"|
from "Fashion Pictures
Vintage fashion galleries from 1955-58"