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Contributor Series 10: Silken Rags, Cover-ups

12.24.11 Posted in Contributor Series 10, today's words by

Contributor Series 10: Silken Rags

By Neil Ellman

What we wear
is what we are–
mostly cover-ups
for legs too thin
or carpeted with cellulite
breasts not enough
little lines
where crows once walked
we wear
high-collared shirts
to hide our necks
layers of color to mask
the years
and sleepless baby nights
stripes for height
stiletto heels for even more
always something new
au currant courant
while men grow old
with the same old suit.

Neil Ellman’s most recent poem to appear here was The Omnivorous Restaurant Critic, published as part of Contributor Series 8: Feast and Famine.

2 Responses to “Contributor Series 10: Silken Rags, Cover-ups”

  1. Glad it’s the same old suite,
    how about the same old tee shirt
    and beat up jeans?

  2. bobbie troy says:

    How true!

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