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Filene's Basement - Boston
by Doug Holder

Friday, June 23, 2006
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A poem to a department store.

 

 



    FILENE'S Basement--Boston

 

And the doors could barely contain them.

The thoroughbred ladies.

Ready to race

at the stroke of the clock's hand

for discount linen and lace.

 

And I was swept in

by an animated, cackling

feminine wave,

soon eyeing

the salesman

eyeing me

as I was transformed-

polished into a well-healed

businessman

in a double-breasted suit,

and the clerk cracked by my side

"Hey, kid, ain't she a beaut?"

 

And I fingered the starched

collars of multi-colored

Arrow shirts

and I admired the crusty, ancient saleswoman

who still had the desire and energy to flirt.

 

And where else

could you drape your wounds

with a funky Fedora

or the balm of a soft,

slightly irregular Brooks Bros. shirt

it was a place to go when you were happy

or desperately hurt.

 

Doug Holder
 
Union Sq. Review
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