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Poetic Day 9: Remembering Warm-weather Gloves

April 9, 2019


Poetic Day 9 of National Poetry Month:  April 9, 2019, Tuesday


For the first time in many months, I did not don a pair of winter gloves yesterday nor today when My Leader Dog Willow and I went outside.  Yes, I do know that one to three inches of snow is predicted for tomorrow; but we certainly enjoyed the unusually warm spring weather of April 8 and 9.  These ponderings produced some poetic thoughts about gloves–warm-weather gloves.


As usual, after sharing with you my “poem-of-the-day,” I will list five prompts for writing a poem.


Remembering Warm-weather Gloves


by Alice Jane-Marie Massa


For Easter and the other warm Sundays

and special “dress-up” days

of my childhood and early teens,

I wore linen or lace

warm-weather gloves

to complete an outfit or–

oh, just for show.

You know how differently we dressed

in the 1950s and 1960s.


Upstairs, in a maple chest-of-drawers,

four pairs of gloves are tucked away

for remembering those daintier days.

One pair is of a thicker lace;

another is of a more delicate, white lace.

One cream-colored linen pair has a tiny button at each cuff

while a fourth pair is white linen

with red polka-dots–

a hand-me-down from my older sister

who first wore these garish gloves.


No longer in a treasure chest,

but only in a memory’s chest

are above-the-elbow white gloves

which were worn by my sister

at the CHS prom of 1964.


As I have always loved wearing hats,

I admit that I very much liked

wearing the warm-weather gloves.


In recent winter decades,

I wear gloves

to protect the hands

that read braille.


Now, in warmer weather,

I have left behind

all of the fancy gloves

because currently, my warm-weather gloves of choice

are gardening gloves.


* * *




  1. Write a poem about a favorite article of clothing or type of clothing.
  2. Write a poem about a lost glove.
  3. Write a poem in which you mention gardening gloves.
  4. Write a poem which focuses on something which you have saved for more than a decade.
  5. Write a poem crafted as a letter to or from Mother Nature.


With poem-poems (poetic pom-poms) held high, join me with the following cheer and motto for National Poetry Month:


“Read a poem!  Write a poem!  Share a poem!”


Finally, please remember that poetry is for all ages.


Poetically yours,

Alice and Leader Dog Willow


April 9, 2019, Tuesday

Thanks for reading this piece and honoring its copyright.



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  1. Oh, Alice, I remember those white gloves so well! In fact, at this time of year back in those days, we were busy shopping with Mother and Aunt Zita—not just for gloves—but for an entire Easter outfit complete with new shoes (usually white or black patent leather), pretty dress, fancy hat, special purse, and a spring coat! What fun to be all dressed up from head to toe for Easter Sunday!

    Joyous Easter WIshes to you and Willow!

    • Mary–Thanks for adding your recollections.  Yes, the shopping for and wearing of the pretty outfits made Easter so special. Sometimes, our glove-covered hands were pressed together in prayer at Mass as lilies decorated the altar of Sacred Heart Church in Clinton, Indiana.

      Early Happy Easter to you also!  Alice and Willow

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