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Vivien Leigh

Mentally strolling down memory lane while writing my memoir My Gentle War, I thought of all the fun I had rummaging in Grandma Havard's 'clothes box' as a six/seven year-old.

It really was a treasure trove of enticement, and I spent several hours of sheer pleasure trying on dresses, stoles, hats and shoes of all colours and materials: from scarlet and midnight blue silk and taffeta to crepe de chine and crushed velvet; not forgetting diamante-trimmed 'winkle-picker' shoes, and pert, tiny hats with spotted veils. Later, I thought Vivien Leigh to be the most beautiful woman I had ever seen, via Gone with the Wind, and fancied looking like her. Ha ha...

Well, little girls can dream, can't they?!


First the shoes:
black, shiny patent, pointed toes -
click slick high heels -
diamante trim -
very smart.

Next the dress:
azure blue, swishing silk,
waist-band folded;
below glittering, gleaming
blue sequins -
a tidal wave of Caribbean sea -
flirts with shoe edges.
Above forlorn 36B cups...

And then a one-eyed ginger fox
bobbing over one shoulder.
He can no longer dream of chasing chickens;
óh, what a blank, unseeing eye!
Oh, what a dear, pointed nose!

Later, he will be reverently returned to his
garish, comfy death bed,
next to the nodding poppy straw hat,
to nestle up to apple-green and tangerine
beach pyjamas -
which smell of Germolene.

And now the hat:
pert, early 1940's
black satin, measled veil -
very chic!

Mottled vermilion lips break into a gap-
toothed grin
as Vivien Leigh teeters towards the mirror.


EDITOR: Joy has written an excellent article about My Gentle War which can be read here. The book can be purchased from Amazon.

Meet The Author...
Joy Lennick
Who Am I?

Most important 'jobs:' wife and mother to three sons. Hooked on reading and writing from a young age (wrote a simple play in junior school: acted on the stage). Joined the library at seven and that was it; the love affair continues...

First worked as a junior secretary, then secretary. Favourite job: A publishing company, Kaye & Ward in the City of London.

Apart from the odd poem, letter and article in magazines, and one poem read on Bournemouth radio, had various poems published in anthologies and won a few prizes. Ran my own Poetry Club for a while. Published: Celtic Cameos & Other Poems.

Factual books published: Running Your Own Small Hotel, & Jobs in Baking & Confectionery (Kogan Page Ltd., London), Updated two other author's books. As Biographer:Hurricane Halsey (True adventure), Memoir: My Gentle War; Faction novel: The Catalyst. Several short stories published in WordPlay anthologies (one winning lst prize through 'Writing' magazine as the best writing circle anthology of 2012 in the UK). A Group Leader for Creative Writing for the U3A group in Torrevieja, Spain.
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