Tuesday, 2 September 2014

POETRY JAM - JEANS


“I wish I had invented blue jeans. They have expression, modesty, sex appeal, simplicity - all I hope for in my clothes.” - Yves Saint Laurent

This week Poetry Jam has the theme of “Jeans” and the challenge is: This week write a poem about jeans: someone who looks good in jeans, tattered jeans, jeans that you have to lie down to button up, comfortable jeans, stinky jeans…”
Here is my contribution:


Faded Blue Jeans

Your blue jeans (dark indigo),
Always made me smile;
For they meant fun in the sun,
Worn without make-up
And little pretence
Of anything comme-il-faut.

Your blue jeans (ultramarine),
Had given me many smiles –
How happy we had been, by the sea…
Well-worn, and softened,
Surviving many washes,
Jeans and the comfort of déshabillé.

Your blue jeans (light as the sky),
How I loved you in them,
Happy, contented, laughing.
Worn always with the intent
Of doing nothing,
With an agenda of sans-souci.

Your blue jeans (badly faded),
Discovered in the depths of our wardrobe
Forgotten there intentionally.
No longer worn,
For you are long dead,
And they too, dyed in a couleur fugace.

20 comments:

  1. nice blend of languages....and nice emotional pull there in the end as well...the jeans kept
    perhaps as a reminder of them...and all the good feelings within them...

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  2. French certainly a language of romantics. Hearing it spoken is a joy without ever a need to understand! Nicely Nick!

    Hank

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  3. it's only proper to use french words when writing about clothes...jeans definitely have various associations with the wearers....... the last homonym-twist is an added grace to the poem...

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  4. An elegant poem, but in a decidedly elegiac tone. The last verse was poignant and the last two lines had quite a punch. The fading of the jeans as the poem progressed provided a counterpoint to the fading away of the departed partner. Wonderful!

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  5. I enjoyed each stanza, written about a different pair of jeans & experience. Made me think of my own jeans & the memories that go along with some of the pairs. So true that each pair has its own personality & triggers memories. The last stanza is poignant...hard...as somehow people's clothing after they have died have their own meanings. Enjoyed your use of French!

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  6. Whether these are the same jeans through the years, getting lighter with washings and wearings, or different ones, still the images are beautiful. What a wonderful use of French here, too. A sad ending. I have some saved clothes from my father and mother that are put away to forget about.

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  7. luv the moods of jeans in your poetic expression; have a nice Wednesday

    much love...

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  8. I enjoyed your poem and its varied hues of blue. I was reminded of the various pairs I owed. I also liked how you weaved a very personal story into your piece as well as the wistful tone, and the use of French 'bien sûr'.

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  9. I love the story told through jeans - the happy memories, the various colors, and then the sad ending and how they make you remember, still. Beautifully done. I can see her, natural and without pretence, and I can see you, smiling.

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  10. I like the way you used to fading colors here--seems symbolic somehow--and the inclusion of French. And how sad at the end. Very nicely done.

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  11. Great images and pictures in this and such rich tapestry of words, excellent.

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  12. Oh this is so sad, Nicholas! The pair of jeans fading away into nothing parallels the life of your love who dies in the end. Exquisitely poignant...

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  13. Bitter-sweet and poignant. Tres jolie!

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  14. Oooooh. Lovely. Love the fading here. Perfect.

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  15. love the color changes great poem

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  16. Oh my ... I really was not expecting the twist ending! Love how you incorporated a bit of lovely French language!

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  17. moments of life are compared superbly with type of jeans, wonderful writing

    Like A Pair of Jeans

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  18. bonjour tristesse
    encore
    sigh (en anglais:)

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