She'd pledged never to live forever
in blue jeans and go-go boots,
hadn't worn a headband and slit
skirts in ages. She'd traded in
her cheap sunglasses, even taken
off the white kid gloves. From now
on, she'd promised, she was stepping
out in black furs, with diamonds
on the soles of her shoes. Yessir!
When Ruby puts her red dress on,
every sucker in a three-piece knows
it's time to rock and roll.
© 2013, 2014 Maureen E. Doallas
This poem owes its existence to titles of Rock-and-Roll songs. The titles are, in order of appearance: Forever in Blue Jeans (Neil Diamond), Go-Go Boots (Drive-By Truckers), Headband (B.o.B.), Slit Skirts (Pete Townshend), Cheap Sunglasses (ZZ Top), Kid Gloves (Marmaduke Duke), Black Furs (Judie Tzuke), Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes (Paul Simon), Ruby Puts Her Red Dress On (Joel Crouse), Every Sucker in a 3-Piece (Van Halen), Rock and Roll (Led Zeppelin).
I wrote this originally for TweetSpeakPoetry's fun July 2013 theme, "Rock and Roll".