Tuxedo Nights

Tuxedo Jacket

Tuxedo Jacket (Photo credit: VancityAllie)

I no longer yearn for tuxedo nights
Glamour holds no sway on me
Visceral hunger for elegantry
Is frozen as a winter strewn lake

I would no longer hold Gatsby’s hand
Give him shelter in the jazz age
Swinging softly to the band
I would not seek from wealth nor fashion
Some sign of the Creator’s hand

Not born to wealth its beauty fascinated
A child pressed to a store window
Yearning for within, the hordes I’d overthrow
To hold that precious gift for but one moment
To parlay with the elite and finally know
And know….

There’s nothing wise in tuxedo nights
The flash of the camera lens
Is artifice, just dull pretence
I will not gather in these luxurious halls
Never gaze on masterworks up on their walls
This is where petty ambition turns, and falls
And falls…..

(c) Helen Valentina 2013, All Rights Reserved

About helenvalentina

Like most people, I have a number of sides to me. The most interesting one probably emerges through my writing, hence this blog. I love to read, and also to write, and so this is a way to share both.
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17 Responses to Tuxedo Nights

  1. Hmmmm…I am very happy with my overalls down on my farm, thank you!! 🙂 Nice to dream about princess-y stuff sometimes, though. Hugs, Sis!

  2. Brian Hughes says:

    I’ve never been attracted to wealth and luxury. A massive mansion just means more rooms to clean and a longer walk to the front door.

  3. I well recall the flashy store windows of G.U.M. on Kremlin Square in Moscow in the 1980’s: no one could afford the article on display, revealing the facade of a system that did not work at all.

    • Very true, the glitter and artifice hide many far less pleasant truths! Thanks for commenting!! 🙂 🙂

      • Have you traveled abroad much?

      • No, not at all actually – get airsick on even short fights and sea sick on boats…bit pathetic really, but it has put me off travelling I’m afraid! 🙂

      • Helen, for air and sea sickness I could recommend a specific book that you could read with a friend and then twin up on application of the technique. I applied it many years ago and it worked for what I wanted handled.

      • Cool, thank you, would welcome e the recommendation! 🙂

      • The book is DIANETICS The Modern Science of Mental Health by L. Ron Hubbard. Dianetics is a coined word meaning “through the mind.” It is about what the mind does to the body. The best advice I ever received about it was this: Buy it, read it in a quiet space alone and decide for yourself if it works for you; then apply it and see what happens. I did so in 1968.

      • Cool, thank you, not sure Scientology is something I would follow (I don’t really follow any spiritual path as such), but have read some interesting books recently about some of L.Ron Hubbard’s interests etc prior to writing this and founding his approach…interesting background. 🙂

      • Helen, people tend to lump together the two subjects of Dianetics and Scientology, which are separate. That is why I suggested, pointedly, the one, and not the other. Dianetics addresses illness and what the mind does to affect the body.

        At any rate, each of us must decide for ourselves wha tto study or apply into our lives. All I say is that it works. I recommend the book and your twinning with someone in its application, because you can do that without joining any group.

      • Thanks Ronald – I didn’t mean to confuse the issue so much as say I’ve read some stuff about Hubbard’s work pre Dianetics etc and found that interesting. 🙂

      • No problem. My Dad, too, found the earlier writings interesting, because he was into sci-fi a lot.

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