“Little Black Dress” is an original poem that connects and addresses prevalent issues in our society such as body image, insecurity, consumerism culture, fast fashion, and the exploitation of workers and children.
Little Black Dress
An Original Poem by Sophie Guo
Little black dress, So darling at first. You hugged the slopes of my body, Redefining my inches of worth, You complemented my identity. Little black dress, My golden star. You were a piece of eye candy, Tender and sweet, Dilating accounts of misattributed prestige, A mesmerizing spotlight. But you started to fray at your seams, Little black dress. Turning to a still gray, Synthetic fibers lifted into ragged pills. Elastic, once held so tight, Had dissipated into concave air. A story remained. Little black dress, I can finally hear you. Your cries of desperation, Your suffocated screams, The pounding of your feet as you tried to escape the crumbling building. Little black dress, I can finally see you. Your crimson gash seated below your right eye, Your blistering hands under the fogged artificial light, The salty tears streaming down your dusted cheeks. This. This was the cost I paid for my little black dress.