The writing on the sticker inside
Mrs Jones’ wardrobe said
“Likes to wear beads and make up.”
Each morning after breakfast in bed,
after ward staff shower Mrs Jones,
they dress her.
She chooses her clothes for the day,
checks they brush her hair
as they should,
and stares at it in the mirror
beside her wardrobe.
Her hair is blue rinsed and
and set like the Queen’s every Thursday
by the rest home’s hairdresser.
They powder her face –
her hand is unsteady –
then carefully apply her lipstick.
Finally her beads,
she must have her beads,
strands of them
looped round her neck.
One morning her dresses weren’t
back from the laundry !
After much rummaging
of clean dry clothes
they found a pink jacket and dress
in the clothes baskets.
What a huge relief ! For
Mrs Jones was outspoken,
yes, strident at times !
The pink outfit she was pleased to accept
and graciously paraded
in the residents’ lounge.