Within Close Range: Uncle John’s Burgundy Velvet Tuxedo Jacket

Uncle John had a burgundy, velvet tuxedo jacket.

Mercifully, fashionable for a nano-second in 20th century men’s formal attire.

For decades, he wore it to any event which required black tie.

And Aunt Ar made sure he went to more than his share;

where atop a sea of black convention

the tall man moved quietly in his curious, velvet burgundy.

He could have afforded a new one.

For each event, if he had liked.

But as long as the jacket remained in good condition,

it would remain Uncle John’s go-to for every fancy occasion;

And he would remain unswayed

by the bold public statement his nonconformist fashion made

for such a publicly understated man.

I loved that burgundy velvet tuxedo jacket.

Author: Anne Celano Frohna

I am a writer, a mother of two girls, Eva (20) and Sophia (18) and wife to one husband, Kurt. I was mostly a professional writer and editor for 30 years for graphic arts and advertising, for publishers of newspapers, magazines, books, etc.,. Now, I have a blog where I post my creative non-fiction, short stories, a couple of illustrated children's stories and a comedy I wrote about two years I spent teaching English in rural Japan (NOT a story for a child.). I’m also working on a new blog about the wonderful, hand-crafted items I've collected over the years at beautyofthrift.com. - which will also connect to the Etsy shop I recently opened called Channeling Nonna. My husband and I both love to cook and to entertain and have welcomed friends and family to our homes for over 20 years. With our eldest off at college, we also began hosting with Airbnb, the perfect (and most natural) way for me to continue to pursue my passion of writing, while at the same time help us pay for current and future college expenses.

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