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Red Dress

Peggy Claire is half cowboy and half Southern Belle. She was born in New Mexico and raised in New Orleans. She has made her final home as far South and West as she could get (and still be in the United States) in San Diego. With the exception of a few years spent as a singer/songwriter, her penchant for writing poetry has been a private matter. Until now.

Red dress and roses
The color of blood
Swirling together
like a river in flood
Black hair, swirling
Falling to shoulders
– And then –
At the crown
It's curling
Framing eyes
that are full
like a ship's sails
unfurling then taut
they are fraught with promise
Of travel to places
Warm and unknown

— 1998

Published March 2006


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