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Body Double

by Clara Mae Gregory

In my past...

I've been told

that I resemble

Hollywood stars

and super models...

In fact, I could've been

except for the fact

that I was shy

and only just a

little over five foot five.

In those days,

I lost more...

than just my

baby fat.

Those beauty pagent promoters

pestered my parents persistantly...

until I told them I wasn't interested

and refused to wear a BRA.

After peacing college,

I lived on the coast

and was approached

by a pimpy pornographer

who tried to tell me

he could sell me

and we'd both make

a whole lot of money...

But, like the others,

I assured him

and answered with clout:

This gal doesn't sell out.

05/12/2011

Author's Note: true....and my first nickname for 3 years was "Twiggy" (I was 15 and my hair was very short)....gotta a pic to prove it too

Posted on 05/12/2011
Copyright © 2020 Clara Mae Gregory

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Gregory O'Neill on 05/12/11 at 11:31 PM

Terrific...it's amazing what we can end up looking back on, and that "Mona Lisa smile!"

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 05/12/11 at 11:55 PM

Highly abstract and appropriate title for what follows. With all due respect I must say, you are indeed a 'looker,' and can see why those certain undesireables of society could and would approach you. And yet you held your ground so confidently, which I'm sure will count for something at the pearley gates.

Posted by Sam Richmond on 05/14/11 at 01:32 PM

I remember Twiggy and Goldie Hawn. I think society placed far to greater importance on their 'look'. I'm very happy that you weren't victimized by the same pressures. 'Body Double' shows strengths, not only in character, but in your gift as a writer.

Posted by Philip F De Pinto on 02/03/12 at 12:39 PM

I love it, Melanie, and the beautiful baby that you were and are still. And who in their right minds would ever think to take advantage of the beauty you possess to this day in spades or think such a beautiful person as you are inside and out should sell that beauty out?

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