Poetry Prompt 21: Not the type of woman to complain

 

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They sewed her into her clothes

And she waved a long goodbye

As the creaking wagon shuddered

There were no roads to follow

Only trails to blaze

The weeks passed

The corset’s bones had dug deep into her flesh

And the sweat that ran like a river had stained her pretty crinoline

She said nothing

She was not the type of lady to complain

When they laagered for the night

Her body ached and her muscles screamed

She perched herself on a large mound of sun baked sand

And surveyed the savannah

Her discomfort grew as her skin began to blaze

She said nothing

She was not the type of lady to complain

When the small boy came running

She raised an eyebrow in disdain

“Termites!” he yelled

She stood up fast

But held her ground

They cut away her clothing

So carefully sewn together

They threw it on the fire

And stamped it on the ground

She said nothing

She was not the type of lady to complain

She stood unclad

A Victorian maiden

So far from home

She said nothing

She was not the type of lady to complain

Today’s poetry prompt from Pooky was to write a poem in which someone takes off their clothes for an unusual reason. I based mine on stories of my husband’s Great-Grandmother, an Englishwoman who joined her husband in Africa as he built Livingstone’s telegraph. This terribly uncomfortable situation occurred before the lion attacked her beloved and she had to pack him in a canoe covered in mud. She was nothing if not adaptable and stoic. The picture is not of her, but the closest I could find in terms of dress.

 

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10 thoughts on “Poetry Prompt 21: Not the type of woman to complain

  1. Wow – she sounds like a hard-core woman. What a fascinating story behind your poem, which was easily illustrated and seen through the words that you used. Thank you! 🙂

  2. Oh my you’d hate to think of the discomfort of sitting on a termites nest and having the things all over you. I thought you dealt with the prompt in an excellent and fascinating way. Well done.

  3. There are days when I’m reminded just how much better we have it these days… This story, and the way it’s written is simply amazing! Bravo!

  4. Fantastic, I love this. The photo was awesome but your wonderful words painted such an incredible picture in my mind that I almost felt I was right there with her! Glad we don’t have to wear stuff like that, having said that a little help wouldn’t go a miss, lol 🙂

    Have a wonderful rest of the week and keep up the great work, loved it 🙂

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