A Cancelled Date

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I would have my makeup done
Just a glide of lipstick
On my lips, and I’d undo my bun
A few minutes and I’d be on the run

I’d put on that dress
In neutral hues
Chosen a week before
Throw in those shoes
And I’d be ready to go

Cellphone rang, lower lip
Half-kissed by lipstick
Three or less hours to go
You said you couldn’t make it

Another anticipated call for excuse never came
The look I saw in the mirror spelled lame
Had my nails painted, my eyebrows plucked
With no one to go with, the party would suck

So I took a damp cloth
To clear all the makeup
Tucked myself in bed,
It felt like a lousy breakup


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