One of the black stockings was ripped

The once beautiful dress had seen better days

Brightened up with dime store bling-bling jewelry

Whatever was left of the makeup was smeared

The hair looked like it could use a washing

But the face was beautiful, defiant, almost regal


Sitting with her shapely legs crossed

On that rickety stool at the bar

She exuded confidence and attitude

Fuck you too and I don’t care

Written plainly across her expression

Her mascaraed eyes mirroring her mood


‘Excuse me, lady, may I buy you a drink?’

She turned her head slowly, languidly,

Startling blue eyes under long lashes

Pink lipstick glowing in artificial light

The edges of the beautifully shaped mouth

Starting to slightly curve upwards


‘You may’, said in a low, raspy, smoky voice

Accompanied by a short royal wave of the hand

‘But don’t get any ideas, I ain’t that kind of broad’

Negated by the slow smile starting to spread

Across that beautiful face, never reaching the eyes

But holding out non-existent promises


She nursed her drink, absorbed into herself

The guy knew it then, he never had a chance

But did not mind, was proud in fact, to have

Received that smile, having gotten the attention

Of Cindy who had once been a leading actress

Or so they said

  • Author: Alfred Peyer (Pseudonym) (Offline Offline)
  • Published: November 11th, 2017 00:50
  • Comment from author about the poem: Experimenting with a character study. Also am trying to show that if somebody is down on his/her luck, he/she can be poor with character and dignity intact.
  • Category: Unclassified
  • Views: 57
  • Users favorite of this poem: Accidental Poet, tanvir H.


  • kevin browne

    brilliantly detailed of a women life in failing miserably and well expressed. your poetry is certainly growing upwards dear Fred.

    • FredPeyer

      Thank you so much Kevin! But now you are putting a lot of pressure on me!

    • Goldfinch60

      Very good write, the goodness of people is on the inside not the image that is first seen with the eyes.

      • FredPeyer

        Thanks Goldfinch, you are so right. How many times do we write somebody off just because of his/her looks. If we would take the time to look inside, it might be a whole different story.

      • Michael Edwards

        More than an experiment - anyway whatever it sure paid off Fred.

        • FredPeyer

          Thank you so much, Michael! I do appreciate your comment.

        • orchidee

          Good write Fred. Did you meet her? And should I get to know her?!

          • FredPeyer

            Thanks orchidee, no I don't think you should meet her. She might know you from the 1600's. And I don't know what kind of impression you made on her then.

          • Louis Gibbs

            "the slow smile ....... never reaching her eyes." What a great line! You portray her exquisitely, Fred. Well done character study!

            • FredPeyer

              Thanks so much Louis, am glad you like it.

            • BRIAN & ANGELA

              Thanks FRED for a beautifully penned Character Study ~ it did NOT needed a picture because you painted her perfectly ~ she triggered all my senses ! I saw he beauty and sadness and poverty ~ I scented her perfume her perfume & neglect and heard the sadness in her voice. I would have loved to touch her ~ to taste her ~ but perhaps that is another chapter. I am old enough (34) to have encountered Ladies of her ilk ~ but (as you indicate) their barriers are difficult to penetrate ~ BUT ~ in my experience they are always ready to accept a drink and some chat ~ BUT ~ at a distance ! Thanks for sharing ~ BRIAN

              • FredPeyer

                Thanks so much Brian, for reading and for your very comment. Am glad you perceived her the way I wanted to paint her. And Brian, better stay away from touching or tasting, Angela wouldn't be too happy about that!!! 🙂

              • Accidental Poet

                Always true Fred, a book is not judged by it's cover. I'd say your experiment turned out very well.

                • FredPeyer

                  Thanks so much AP! This is another example of people one should not judge: Here in Hawaii you see sometimes a local older guy, not very well dressed, shorts, t-shirt, slipppers, looking like a bum. That guy could easily own a few houses worth millions!

                  • Accidental Poet

                    The easy life Fred.

                  • Allysnewworld

                    Awesome! love it

                    • FredPeyer

                      Thanks so much Allys! I do appreciate you reading it and commenting!

                    • myself and me

                      From this short interaction, lead our imagination to what she had been through all those years.

                      • FredPeyer

                        Thank you m&m, I think that is the beauty of a short piece like this. It leaves much to the imagination, about the past of that character, but also about the future. You know m&m, that is also why I like to read a book, rather than see a movie. With the book I can use my own imagination, whereas in the movie we follow the imagination of the director.

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