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The Liberation Dress

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By rights I should hate you,
I’ve taken against far more
innocuous objects for less,
but you have something about you-
something that shields you from
my pettiness, from the lingering
power of negative associations,
we’ve been together a long time,
you and I,
you were with me before him,
and you remain with me still,
you continue to suit me
long after he stopped,
remaining a good fit despite
my constantly changing self,
together we outlasted him,
you’ve outlasted a great many things:
my red tartan skater dress,
faithful and flattering,
you were with me at the end, and
for a while we were touch and go,
but you endured,
as did I,
now when I look at you, I do not see
the dress in which he dumped me,
but the dress in which he freed me,
and for that I rightly love you.

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Lauren Phillips-Freeman

Lauren Phillips-Freeman is a language teacher and writer with a love of words in all their forms. She uses writing to help her process her own tangled emotions.