By Delbert H. Rhodes
She walks along the runway, and I watch her; her hair flowing and perfectly prepared. Its luster radiantly dazzles the eyes: each fiber combed and caressed by the architects of style. Her lips purse with touches of red, beige, or black. Ten rainbows embrace her hands displaying splendid coloration. The colors tease illuminating sexually.
The room becomes warmer. The jewels kissing her finger round neck are fragile, tasteful and wanton. The pearls they bare speak to deep seas and deeper mysteries. Her smiles tenderly ask, “Am I affecting you?” “Are you awed?” I think, yes. I watch her as she moves with technique and the industry’s grace.
She is confident and I am curious. I wonder why it has to be that way; and why she must appear so gaunt. I ask me questions without solid answers. Maybe, I think, I should enjoy the show, and surrender to the process. After all, they are the experts and who am I?
Seductively, the human mask, the thriving mannequin captivates me. Look there in the window, she moves. Although emaciated she is beautiful and I think I adore her. Oh, yes, she is pretty. Then she pivots, waits, smiles, and then looks, at me. Does she truly see me? Truly? She opens the garment displaying its inner skins. I think the material is fabulous simply lovely –Fine, Pure, Expensive.
The Armani model thin and rail-like, a tree’s limb. The limb reaching, branching out, the broken limb about to fall, the limb lying on the ground-a twig I toss into the hearth, to warm the fire. Her gait is artificial the leg lift robotic. The knees seem as though lifted by tight string, the feet heavily rise, and then fall to the floor; like the hooves of horses. Yes, she walks like a horse. I wait to hear the whinny, but instead she pauses.
She smiles and then spins returning down the runway–Clop, Clop, Clop. Her garment trails to music of tiny cross threads, the sleek fabric mindful of water trickling over skeletal stones. I envision an Ice Cream Cone straining beneath its milky flesh. The cone, and its fingers quickly covered by sticky droplets, a lusting tongue consumed by pleasure.
The woman captivates me. She is Syren, Aphrodite and Medusa. Behold: the lure of men, the envy of the gods, and a beacon of destruction. Alas, the woman is impressive and whatever her flavor, I think, ‘Delicious.’
Copyright © 2006 Delbert H. Rhodes