The Silly Gown

The Red Dress

I always saw, I always said

If I were grown and free,

I’d have a gown of reddest red

As fine as you could see,

To wear out walking, sleek and slow,

Upon a Summer day,

And there’d be one to see me so

And flip the world away.

  "A Girl in a Red Dress," Pietro Antonio Rotari, 1775.   El Paso Museum of Art  .

"A Girl in a Red Dress," Pietro Antonio Rotari, 1775. El Paso Museum of Art.

And he would be a gallant one,

With stars behind his eyes,

And hair like metal in the sun,

And lips too warm for lies.

I always saw us, gay and good,

High honored in the town.

Now I am grown to womanhood…

I have the silly gown. (212)

 

Parker, DorothyThe Portable Dorothy Parker. New York: Penguin Books, 1973.

What is it to be grown and free? Or just grown?