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The Woman in the Blue Gown
by Beatrice Cochran
02/26/13
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The Woman in the Blue Gown

By Beatrice Cochran


There was a foreign country where

Women walked in darkness and

Feared men, would curse and snare

Should they make a freedom stand


For many centuries these women passed

Old traditions to their daughters, adorning

Themselves in vast

Darkness, until one glorious morning


A beautiful woman felt the breeze

Stir deep within her from that black hole

She tried to suppress it, to appease,

It to that concealed corner of her soul


But it kept shouting, demanding

To be let out, to be given a chance to grow

Amidst darkness of no understanding

As pain became intolerable down below


And one morning she obeyed the call

Holding the hands of her son

She walked quietly to the mall

By breaking rules she was a shun


She did not walk with a gentleman,

She thought to herself, “Surely they will

Not mind. My son is a member of the clan.”

She bought a gown of remarkable skill


The gown glimmered on her lithe body

When she came out of the dressing room

Her son, only ten years old, a true Saudi,

Nearly fainted. She looked like a flower in bloom,



His young heart filled with surprise

She was not his mother but a supernatural being.

He stuttered looking at his mother’s blue eyes

“Mama wear that gown home it’s freeing!


The mother looked at her child

Who pleaded with her to wear the gown

A flash of warning complied

In her head. Her son won made her frown


And the young woman at last,

Held her son’s hand and walked home,

The blue gown-trailing behind, like a billowing mast

Women and men starred like a tourist in Rome


Mother and son marched by

One man who knew what did irk

The family pulled out his phone, a bad guy

Called her husband, a bank clerk


And told him what she had done

He quickly left work feeling grim

He came home cursing and very stun

Men in the family stood around him,


And said “You know what must proceed

She cannot defile herself and expect to live.

She must be punished. It’s the creed!”

The husband picked a stone. Unable to forgive


She watched it fly towards her, gleaming

She closed her beautiful blues eyes now turning gray

The little boy with tears streaming

Down his face watched as they


Lowered his mother’s limp body into a grave

He cried for he believed that his mother’s disgrace

And death was his fault. And one night he was brave

And sneaked from the house to visit her resting place


And with tears on his childish face

He wept and told her how sorry he was

Then he started thinking of her, lost in space

He died on her grave, sorrow was the cause







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