For Suffrage and Gilded Wings
with the pop of flashlamp she steps out
of limousine leather 1921 marmon
under roving lights marquee letters
escorted into the tivoli enveloped in marble
gold bronze silver sinking into velvet.
lights fade curtains part the actress
appears on screen to grauman’s score
seen not heard
from opening frame to curtain close
to house lights up to applause.
she exits into night’s blue arc burst of
deco moon flattery of flashpowder
hem dripping gold threaded beads.
at the speakeasy
with Gloria Mary Lillian Pearl
they toast her premiere and
the nineteenth of last year
with ceremonious swills in satin glove
the emergence from celluloid and
projection booth of filtered wishes
the portal from silent era.
the silver sheet chronicles
the shedding of shackled beauty
for suffrage and gilded wings
bold headlines declare crowds shout
critics proclaim She is free to speak
She is free to vote She is free
Rebecca Weigold’s poetry has appeared in Tipton Poetry Journal, The Tishman Review, BlazeVox, Winamop!, The Skinny Poetry Journal, The Ekphrastic Review, and other publications. She lives in Kentucky. We are grateful for Rebecca at The Ekphrastic Review because she generously donates her time to take care of growing our Twitter presence online.
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