The Voyeur…

The following poem is based on a black and white photograph that was published by Historic Photographs on Facebook, entitled, ‘The First Miss Universe Pageant 1952’, which took place in Long Beach, California, 28 June 1952. I used the photograph to write the poem, which was eventually submitted to The Open University, for my first assignment as part of studying for my A363 Advanced Creative Writing module. It has been assessed by them, and as I am the author of the poem, it’s also copyrighted. By all means, if you like it, you can leave comments on my Facebook or Twitter pages, but please don’t plagiarise.

Arms linked like a daisy chain;

united as one in their beauty.

Six goddesses emerge from the sea,

whilst waves lap gently at

slender feet and ankles.

Stoic smiles of innocence and grace;

captured by the camera’s lens.

Admiring from a distance;

I am the outsider looking in.

Hair flying freely;

blown by the summer’s breeze.

Hourglass waists,

cinched by

pristine white bathing suits.

Timeless class and elegance;

simply captivating my heart.

Is that Miss France;

glancing over at me?

‘Shoulders back, ladies!’

I hear the photographer shout.

Perfectly poised,

the goddesses trace circles in the

sand with their toes.

Judges walk by with clipboards;

making notes of vital statistics.

From the safety of the sand dune;

my blushes are silently spared.

Tomorrow Miss Universe 1952;

will wear her crown.

The frenzied crowd,                                                              

will soon disperse

from Long Beach, California.

Poseidon will rise and summon;

his six goddesses to retreat beneath the sea.

The fragility of their faces;

forever framed on the pages of Life magazine.

A note on the poem, although it does have stanzas, the formatting on WordPress doesn’t allow for this. But poetry is all about interpretation, especially by its audience.

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