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Fashion: 5 Poems

Updated on June 10, 2010

 #1.    The fashionable body is due for a change

          and over the years has encountered a range

          of shapes and sizes dictated by trends

          because the quest for vogue never ends!


#2.     When consuming the persona of an existing state

          the chameleon tread lightly in order to equate

          the delicate balance and approximation of fame

          but even a moth gets burnt by the flame!


#3.     With a riot of colors she was born to wear

          the fashion cognoscenti all stop and stare

          at those long skinny legs and the prominent beak

          of a strutting peacock at her artistic peak!


#4.     Wrapped in its beauty with a ribbon and a bow

          deception is the veneer of what you don't know

          and unless your imagination is completely denied

          it's a package so pretty but empty inside!


#5.    No style or variation in the way we dress.

         Fashion has lost its unbounded excess

         and in the sea of bodies not one surprise

         if everyone was born to wear the same size!



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    • RobinGrosswirth23 profile image

      Robin Grosswirth 5 years ago from New York

      Wrapped in its beauty with a ribbon and a bow

      deception is the veneer of what you don't know

      and unless your imagination is completely denied

      it's a package so pretty but empty inside!

      I was most taken with this poem. I feel it lends itself to the adage of don't judge a book by its cover. Sometimes things look good on the outside, but we get deceived because on the inside it may not be so good. It was written in a very delightful way.

      The other poems were interesting as well. Well done.

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Brilliantly woven with such emotions. Perfect!

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      HaleyMCruz 5 years ago from California

      Haha! I thought of the "Devil Wears Prada" when I read this! (Good movie by the way) And since I could never be one to follow fashion strictly, I'd have to say that I approve of your statement! The peacock one made me smile. (Oh, and you asked me a question the other day on my hub 'Little Princess' about my favorite films and music genres. I forgot to answer that for you! Let's see...I love "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo", "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events", "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe". I know, very grown-up of me, right? And my music genres are rock and alternative. My favorite band is called 'Angels and Airwaves'. Did I answer your question, Epi?)

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      Rob Reel 5 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      Exquisite! I just stumbled onto your poems today. There's something incredibly sorrowful, and yet, light-hearted about this one. I didn't even know that was possible. Thanks.

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      rdsparrowriter 5 years ago

      Awesome poems :) You are very creative :)

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      GoFrita YAcine 5 years ago

      i am always impressed by your words..

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      i am always impressed by your words.. Brilliant write!

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      KDuBarry03 5 years ago

      Very creative work! Very dense word choices :) nice job


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      how-to-make 6 years ago from India

      You are really creative. I like this hub with magic words.

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      Catherine Tally 6 years ago from Los Angeles


      I marvel at your endless creativity with words! Although I don't usually comment, I'm always impressed with your witty observations and great talent. Thank you for starting my days with a smile.

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      Sanam 6 years ago

      such an exuberant poems

      em so much impressed with these all

      ritzy poems

      thnku so much for d poemssssssss......

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      Caroline Marie 6 years ago

      Love it! Very creative and funny. Your writing always flows so easily.

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      rosika 6 years ago

      Very great is making people stressed and frustrated showing the body of models who are unhealthily skinny! great satire to them!

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 6 years ago from Lagos

      Great words! Great words!! Great words!!! My sweet friend. You ve a magnificent gift. Bless you. Voted accordingly

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      Nadia 6 years ago

      This Is So Cool! I Love The 5 One!

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      Megan Coxe 6 years ago from somewhere between here and there

      Beautiful and so relevant.

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      FloraBreenRobison 6 years ago

      A "strutting peacock at her artistic peak" how wonderful.

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      chanroth 6 years ago from California, USA

      Brilliant! Love your poem! :)

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      Leptirela 6 years ago from I don't know half the time

      You have the craftsmanship!

      absolutely amazing

      I am envious now... hahaha


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      kallini2010 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Don't despair, Jami. You notice people making fun of bigger women just because it is on your mind. There are other categories - short men, bald men, hairy men, women who are TOO tall, there are long noses...

      Do you think there is a limit? No... There are mental cases - do you think it is easy for them?

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      jami l. pereira 6 years ago

      BRILLIANTLY CRAFTED!! As a NOW bigger woman , this is impressive ! society has a way of making us bigger people feel like loosers , just once , i'd like to see society make fun of everyone but us bigger females ...the world is ALL sizes , not just one , it is a shame that shallow people really do exist ! again , this is brilliantly composed ! thank you for sharing! :)

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      Mindy 6 years ago from Cottage Grove, Oregon

      Awesome! I used to be that good looking ;)

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      Maria Jordan 6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA


      What a happy day that I found you!

      You have an amazing array of work that I shall look forward to learning from and enjoying greatly.

      These are smile makers and uniquely charming on their own-- love them all! Voted UP & FUNNY & AWESOME!

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      Kathy 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Love this and so true. Definitely a great one! Very clever, very much keeping a beat and, stereotypically (of the subject)..sometimes, quite true. Thank you for another and another very very fun read!!! UP FUNNY

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      Regina Harrison-Barton 6 years ago from South Carolina

      I love the poems. I am a huge fan of poetry. Although I did try to write poetry a few times, I tend to be way to wordy and my point gets lost in all the words. Thank you for reading my hubs. I got your response and appreciated it very much. I love your hubs. You have gift. It must be awesome to be able to work and do this often. I try to find more time, but I stay busy and it has been harder than I thought to keep up with the writing. I do try to read a lot of hubs though. I find a lot of them very interesting and it is not to see so many different perspectives. Thanks for all of your publishing on the hubs, they are wonderful. I look forward to reading more soon. I am working on a couple of new hubs. So, check back in with me and I hope to have something new to read and would really appreciate your feedback. I am trying to learn to write and any constructive critiques are appreciated.

      Have a wonderful week!


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      Kylo88 6 years ago from dc

      #3 is so me (I say that ‘cause I always get made fun of due to how colorful I always dress. People were seriously taking pictures of ME while I was in France, rather than the city. lolz) Well, it is except for the skinny legs part. My legs are actually quite buff, but that's beside the point!

      Anyways, these are great. I love the line about the moth getting burned. I had been wanting to write a poem with this incorporated for quite some time now. But my thoughts are focused (or should I say NOT focused) on other things and they refuse to work with this subject! Stupid mind T.T lol

      Btw, you caught me with the first poem right off the bat. I hate how people will always strive to please the inconstant monster called fashion, this coming from a designer, none the less. ‘Course, what I design isn’t exactly normal, I guess. And there are only so many styles of wedding dresses to choose from...lolz. But anyway, I see people wearing the newest 'thing' all the time and I just think, ‘how much did you waist on that? And by this time next month you'll have something or need something new.’ My boyfriend recently went cloths shopping and spent like $30 on a t-shirt. A T-SHIRT?? Really?? The outfit I was wearing at the time wasn’t even $15 altogether! It's a never ending rat race unfortunately. *sigh*

      Let’s see, what else… #4 reminds me of half the girls that I know. Lol. Well ok then. Almost all can be applied to what I have written above. (I comment as I read. Probably why my comments are always so long). This is really good work. I’m impressed. It’s easy to relate to in the way that you write about the foolish people in the rat race. I like the way you write about reality too. None of my poems ever come out in such sense as these. I have a tendency to bury all my meanings or just have too many for one poem. *jealous* lol

      Nice work! Keep it up! ^^

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      kallini2010 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      "it's a package so pretty but empty inside!"

      Epigramman, you should consider writing for a fashion magazine! They do love empty packages! Nicely done!

      Have you seen the series "Absolutely Fabulous"? Fabulous things, fabulous!!!

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      Aka Professor M 6 years ago

      @Epigramman: Prolific as well as poetic Colin! Thank you! These were so lyrically sound and succinct that I looked carefully to make certain that I didn't missed the needle and thread used to stitch them together.

      Wonderfully crafted Sir! The Moniker suits the Man! ;D


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      imranhaider 6 years ago

      nice poem

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      HartMurengu 7 years ago from Nairobi

      I love the rhythm and rhyme scheme in the poem. The message is so clear, 'we have become fashion slaves!'#3 descriptions reminds me of a master piece by an African writer Okot p'Bitek 'Song of Lawino'. Good work and thanks for Sharing

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      PR Morgan 7 years ago from Sarasota Florida

      Excellent true!

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      sheenarobins 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      i love the way you rhyme! :)

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      jewelsofawe 7 years ago from Oregon

      very nice

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      Denise Handlon 7 years ago from North Carolina

      My favorite is #4--'so pretty but so empty inside.' Nice work. I enjoyed them all.

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      lilmissbookworm 7 years ago

      This a truly enjoyable poem that entails all the wonderments of fashion and it's pesky flaws. I certainly wish I looked as elegant as a peacock in my unfashionable wardrobe. :)

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      goody7 7 years ago from over there under the sycamore tree

      You can really write some good poems. I voted it up. You have to come on by my hub and check out my beer poem. It'll cheer you on up.

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      Sa`ge 7 years ago from Barefoot Island

      I love these so much. the epic sweep of the holidays, So in this moment, beautiful, traditional and yes, so true. I love these. And I danced and danced and danced. thank you! :D hugs :D

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      Cathy Nerujen 7 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

      Told in your own amazing and wonderful style, in the way a person strolls through the park and can stops to smells the flowers. You have great poems, Colin. :) [no. 5 is my favorite but these are all good.]

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      puresilence 7 years ago from New Delhi

      Great poems

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      Marina Lester 7 years ago

      These are great, love them, little treats for the mind. Where does your interest in the shallow heart find its birth? If I was to choose a favorite of these...I'd have to pick #4, brilliant, they all are. Keep writing for all of us :)

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      Leptirela 7 years ago from I don't know half the time

      wizard , dark wizard =)

      Loved it..

      again..thumbs up

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      richtwf 7 years ago

      Your way with words is truly inspiring Sir Epi! I do doff my cap to you.

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      anna 7 years ago

      there is so much truth in #1 and #5 poems l enjoyed very much reading them

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      artfux 7 years ago from Novato, CA

      I like this much "the delicate balance and approximation of fame but even a moth gets burnt by the flame!" this is very profound the price of fame, deep, but not too dry!!!!

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      LizzyBoo 7 years ago from Czech Republic

      I always come to here to read your poems as they are so inspiring. Thank you Lizzy

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      fetty 7 years ago from South Jersey

      Funny, amazing and very real take on fashion and the slaves to fashion. Wonderful poems.

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      Dim Flaxenwick 7 years ago from Great Britain

      Brilliant and so, so true.

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      Kennedy Yakas 7 years ago

      I thought these poems were actually pretty funny! Short, but good, I especially like #5!

      Nice job.

      P.S.-First names' Kennedy, last name's Yakas.

      Also, I'm the one in the hat.

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      angiemichelle 7 years ago from USA

      Good Work

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      SilverGenes 7 years ago

      This is great! Like Mickey Dee, I especially like the "strutting peacock at her artistic peak".

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      Nady 7 years ago from Toronto

      clap for # 5

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      John B Badd 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Excellent poems. I like the consistency of the theme. Great rhythm and rhyme.

      Thank you for sharing.

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      "strutting peacock at her artistic peak! it's a package so pretty but empty inside!" Beautiful stuff! You're a wizard!

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      Rafini 7 years ago from Somewhere I can't get away from

      Fashion is as fashion does...? Nice poems, again. :)

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      Arthur Windermere 7 years ago

      The e-man's verse

      Makes me grin--

      Their clever, terse,

      Comic spin.

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      Darlene Sabella 7 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      Bravo, Bravo! I stand up in honor or thy, what a brilliant mind and a brilliant hub I look forward to your next.

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      Mentalist acer 7 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      Your unique style keeps me coming back...

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      GPAGE 7 years ago from California

      Now, I really LIKE these!!!!!!! Brilliant!!!!! G

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for all these amusing poems.