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Mending life's tattered dress: a poem

When a lady puts on a dress, it can tell us quite a few things about life. What can dresses represent? Looking forward to your views!


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A tattered dress

Choking, shredded, ill-fitting

Too-high collar strangles

A wearer’s nightmare


Ragged material

Disquieting, disconcerting

Torn, ripped, seams spilt in anger

Repulsive, revolting



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Tawdry cloth, inferior

Garments too unsightly to behold

But when broken seams are restored

Exquisite threads unfold


Set hands can tailor

A mangled frock, not hemmed;

Delicate stitches, sewn with care

It becomes a gown, again


Re-stitch the broken seams

And fettered hems, that tease

A well-worn frock is now

Cinderella's gown, to please.


Copyright (C) by Michelle Liew Tsui-LIn

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Comments

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on March 24, 2013:

Yes, Rebecca, it's all in the attitude....we can fix what we pretty much want to! Thanks for sharing!

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on March 24, 2013:

That's exactly what life is....starts, stops and starting over. Thanks for sharing, Who!

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on March 24, 2013:

That's exactly it, Mary. We can pretty much pull ourselves together if only we want to! Thanks for sharing!

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on March 24, 2013:

Thanks, Mary. Yes, it is up to us to mend that dress, or to let it lay tattered and torn! Thanks for sharing!

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on March 23, 2013:

Nice! To me, it means that we can often "fix" situations that we though were impossible to fix.

whonunuwho from United States on March 23, 2013:

I am a fan of yours, my friend, and your comparison of the tattered dress may well refer to our lives and how we may take what we have and make the most of it, having to start over again when it is called for. Thanks for the nice lesson in our lives. whonu

Mary Craig from New York on March 23, 2013:

While the dress can be mended and restored to its natural beauty, so can we....we can pull ourselves up and like Cinderella live happily ever after.

Well done my friend.

Voted up, beautiful, and interesting.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on March 23, 2013:

You have such a wonderful way with words! Yes, it is our choice whether to leave our dress all tattered and torn or to mend it and begin all over again.

This is just another "gem" in your portfolio of work.

Voted Up and shared.

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on August 27, 2012:

Hi Janine and girls! I"m a Cinderella fan myself. Watched it several times together with Snow White!! LOL! Yep, clothes represent our lives....and it's our choice if we want to mend the tattered clothes we wear and turn them into a gown...or let them remain tattered!! Cheers, my friend!

Janine Huldie from New York, New York on August 27, 2012:

What a clever way to explain what we wear explains what clothing means to us. I truly loved how you weaved Cinderella into this. A side note, my girls are huge fans of Cinderella and when they saw me reading this got so very excited. Have voted up, shared and tweeted too!!

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on August 24, 2012:

Yes, Mary, clothes are likened to life and our appearance means a lot to those who meet us as well. Thanks for the affirmation, and it really means a lot to be affirmed by you!! Thanks for coming by!

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on August 24, 2012:

Hi Docmo, I really appreciate the affirmation!! It really means a lot that you like it. Thanks so much for the vote and share!!

Mary Craig from New York on August 24, 2012:

How beautifully you 'explained' what clothing means to us and those that meet us. You always 'paint' such lovely poems!

Voted up, beautiful and awesome.

Mohan Kumar from UK on August 24, 2012:

An excellent lyrical metaphor.. beautifully observed and written. You have great poetic talent Michelle. voted up and shared!

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on August 04, 2012:

Thanks, girshpuri! Yes, indeed, it's the clothes which can make us, but we have the power to decide that! Thanks for coming by!

Girish puri from NCR , INDIA on August 04, 2012:

An excellent share and i agree a dress can make a woman look nice or bad, voted up.

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on August 04, 2012:

MHatter, congrats to you and Arlene! And yes, it all depends on whether you want to make it work! So right, it is very hard work! Thanks for dropping in!

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on August 04, 2012:

So right! Arlene and I were a "fairy tale" in the end. Everyone wanted to be like us. But oh, the stitches that kept our marriage alive.

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on August 04, 2012:

Thanks for stopping by, Vellur!

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on August 04, 2012:

Hi Keith, thanks for coming by! Yes, the clothes we wear can either hold us back, strangle us or we can decide to do something about it and live beyond that! Thanks so much, I really appreciate it!

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on August 04, 2012:

It definitely does, Real Housewife! And we can have lots of say about what it says! Really appreciate you dropping in, and this comment itself deserves a big vote!

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on August 04, 2012:

rcrumple, thanks for stopping by and for the more spot on insights! Yes. it is up to us to make the most of the challenges we face and turn them into a gown - or leave it as a tattered dress! Thanks so much!

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on August 04, 2012:

Beautifully expressed, enjoyed reading. Voted up.

KDuBarry03 on August 04, 2012:

"A tattered dress...Choking, shredded, ill-fitting...Too-high collar strangles...A wearer’s nightmare" This stanza standout brilliantly to me. You definitely have the gift of poetry, Michelle :) Keep it up!

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on August 04, 2012:

Hi Michelle! I really enjoyed this and yes you are so right - a dress says a lot about the wearer:) LOVED it!

Rich from Kentucky on August 04, 2012:

The clothes we wear display our intent and attitude. Not literally, but as life is filled with multiple challenges, we have to prepare ourselves to face them in the best manner possible. Our mental state determines which direction we travel to overcome adversity or take advantage of opportunity.

Great Job!

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on August 04, 2012:

Yes, it does indeed.And we're in complete control over those things Josh! Thanks for the constant support!

Joshua Zerbini from Pennsylvania on August 04, 2012:

Michelle,

Very well done here my friend! Cleverly put together! Your poems are inspirations to me Michelle! I think what we wear tells so many things about us, like for instance, our character, our mood, etc. Very thought provoking poem!

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on August 04, 2012:

Lovely insights, sradle! Yes, they do indeed. They reflect mood, and tattered clothes reflect poor circumstances which one can choose to overcome! Thanks for the read and comment, and I'm glad you like this!

sradie from Palm Coast FL on August 04, 2012:

I liked the poem and the story very much. Simple and thought provoking. Our clothes, when we have a variety of garments to choose from, I think they often reflect the mood we were in when we put them on. For those who have no wardrobe of consequence, clothes often speak of the harshness of life, the struggle to maintain dignity and even the love that resides inside.

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on August 04, 2012:

She's always a beauty, Dana. And yes, you're spot on about her feelings about herself! Also up to her to decide what to do about them! Looks like we have the same cartoon tastes! Thanks for dropping by, my dear!

Dana Strang from Ohio on August 04, 2012:

This is very nice. You are right about how a a dress can make a woman feel horrible, or like the most beautiful thing in the room. Youcan expand this past dresses of course to, too her feelings about herself.

Cinderella is my favorite Disney movie, for the story and for those fabulous dresses!

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on August 04, 2012:

Thanks, Rahul for the insights! Yes, indeed they do. And how we want to wear the clothes is entirely up to us as well! Appreciate the visit and look forward to reading your hubs!

Jessee R from Gurgaon, India on August 04, 2012:

Wonderfully written.... excellently crafted... and yes... the bottom line of your write is very true

The clothes we put on... are a part of our physiological and psychological persona. They can tell a lot about one's character and nature...

Beautifully done

Michelle Liew (author) from Singapore on August 04, 2012:

When a lady puts on a dress, it can tell us quite a few things about life. Looking forward to your views!

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