Saturday, June 11, 2011

Bathing Beauty



The weather is cool, but the peonies are going to come out in all their glory and bloom in honor of June.
I am waiting for a package to come in the mail. Guess what is in this goodie gift? The big girl swimsuit! First the poem I wrote while mulling over swim suit angst:

Bathing Beauty


Swimsuit season shakes my happy

content state, turning it into an ocean of dismay.

Ducking into the dressing room,

I suspect hidden cameras and amused guffaws.

Evil all-seeing mirrors vote against me.

Clammy white epidermis quivers in fear.

Give me a very large fig leaf

to cover my round thighs and the dough

found right in front.

The quirking of my apologizing countenance

desperately attempts to move your gaze

from embarrassing more than was previously

exposed to an overcompensating smile on top

given because I am too much and not enough.

I perch on a crowded pool deck,

positioning my arms and legs just so.

A chubby grandmother in a big skirted

sunbeam stops, looks me softly in the face

and sings, “Isn’t life grand?”

Life is grand.

I disappear.



Jody at Gumbo Lily told me about this artist. Visit the link for more.


Here are two of my very favorite fish. Happy swimming, friends!

22 comments:

Betty said...

I am sure you will look beautiful in your swimsuit - hope you have lots of poolside fun and, just think, you can swimwith the grandchildren - what fun you will have. Bettyx

Pat said...

I love your poem - the pictures are wonderful too! I certainly identify with your swimsuit dilemma!

M.K. said...

We'll be spending the afternoon in our little pool too - so hot here!!! I like your poem very much, especially the line,"because I am too much and not enough." That expresses exactly how it feels to be fat. Sigh. I like how it ends too, with the additional voice of the grandmother. It's all about focus on self, or focus on others, isn't it? Neat art too :)

Denise said...

Lovely to "meet" you.I am your new follower.I enjoyed my first visit with you.Wonderful poem.Come on over to my place if you please.

LaVerne said...

Thanks for stopping by on Pink Saturday...The poem and pictures are delightful...My Ya-Yas and I have a set of five portly bathing beauty candles that we light in honor of our annual summer Tea by the Sea...I'm so jealous that you can grow peonies...what a wonderful summer treat.
Enjoy the summer and have a Pink Week.
Happy swimming with those precious little "fish".

Robin said...

I love your poem, and shall have to go check out the artist and her paintings that you linked to. But first I must stay and look through your blog....your adorable fairy bed and fabulous quilt have caught my eye. Have a pinkishly beautiful Saturday.

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Look at your darling girls! I haven't owned a swimsuit for years. But then I don't swim. Once in a while I get wet on a beach somewhere in what I'm already wearing. ha! I enjoyed your visit!

wayside wanderer said...

Your poem really captures the whole dismaying swim suit experience. I hope you like it a lot. What cute little fishies!

jeanne said...

Hi Pom Pom, love your poem and I so get it. Bathing suits make me cringe. Oh for the day when I had a bathing suit figure and didn't appreciate it at all. HA! Your little bathing beauties are adorable.
Hugs, Jeanne

Gumbo Lily said...

I love your poem, Pom Pom! It is very frustrating to find the right bathing suit to fit the "too much" and the "not enough" of our bodies. But the point is: To Swim! and Have Fun! I hope you do lots of both when you get your new suit.

Your swim partners look ready to dive!

jody

Catherine said...

Oh well you got me on that one...I thought your big girl swim suit meant you were being a grown up & going swimming! ; ) I'm such a sook..I hate cold water! I hope your "costume" is pretty pink too. I reckon it's the dressing room that does it..quite right evil, nasty mirrors!! Won't be nearly so bad once you just get on with the swimming bit. Look forward to pretty peony pics. Have a glorious week . Much love Catherine x

Jojo said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog! You and your little fish are going to have some terrific swim times.

Michela said...

Can't wait to see you in your new swimsuit, sweet bathing beauty!!!
Hope you have a great Sunday..mine is almost gone :-(
xxx

Lynn said...

A beautiful poem (you could be published)

but please remember that you are beautiful.

L.x.

magsmcc said...

Ha Ha I'm back- good old, lovely, wonderful Betty the Wood Fairy sorted out my technical issues and now the strawberies are bounding around once more!! I think you should make her a four poster bed! And to think I have only twelve months to get my house in order for a State Visit! Must follow Wills and Kate/Catherine in Canada closely for some ideas! Dublin and Doolin, picnic in Mount Stewart, pilgrimage to Devenish, and what will look like anthills of Mournes to big mountain range you! Programme planning can never start too soon!!

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

oh my...how cute is that photo of your favorite fish?!! Love that grin!!! My favorite fish are coming soon and I can't wait. This grandmama will put her big girl bathing suit on and join those fish in the pool. :)

Kari said...

You have me laughing! I must confess I don't even own a swimsuit anymore. And I used to go swimming all the time. I love this artist! Thanks to you and Jody for sharing her art with us, and thanks to you for such a treat of a poem. xoxo Kari

Shey said...

aw you are so sweet, I loved your poem and your little fish, they are darling!. My favorite fish starts swimming classes tomorrow! =D

Queen of Dreamsz said...

Hi Pom Pom,

Nice to meet you! I love your poem and those two very cute fish! :0) Thanks so much for visiting with me..always glad to have you drop in.

Pink Sparkles for your week,
Stephanie ♥

Denise said...

Thanks,no I haven't but I will pick them up now that you told me.I just had the strangest feeling we were in the movie,You've Got Mail,We were in the Little Shop Around The Corner.

Kerri said...

Excuse me, but I beg to differ. You are enough just as you are. And please remember we are ALL gloriously imperfect. Great poem x x

Brad M said...

Just wonderful! Love the poem!

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