a fine mess that flowery dress

a fine mess that flowery dress
distress with pain
sunken cheek lines 
a vein mirror stain
at kick off time
toes crossed in stiletto blue
peacock loud with undertones

a mothballed chauffeur 
brushed and coiffured
waxed red and yellow roses 
scattering petticoats at sea
standing remote but resolute
balanced on the mast head
the button boy played the flute

from the naval guard
a red admiral dapper 
arms akimbo
settled on her shoulder
one breathless kiss
casual in the way
he never left her

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