Friday, May 12, 2006

Long Underwear

Long underwear made with cotton
mine has enough wool mixed in
to scratch

I fold the edges tight
make a long pleat from knee to ankle

I roll the sock with care
tighten a garter until the elastic snaps
(Why do garters always lose the rubber buttons--either that
or the buttons grow hard with heat of washing
and let my stockings slip
into my moccasins)

I know the underwear shows
through my stockings--embarrassed--I strip
to nude
roll my underwear
into a ball
chuck it into the back of the cupboard
It is much better to freeze
than go to school


At 6:10 PM, Blogger Heather Blakey said...

What fun Fran. You are such a delight darling. I have told you that lately haven't I? A big hug for you.

At 6:30 PM, Blogger Cuore di Luna said...

I LOVE this Fran!! This seems to captures all the care that all of us girls took in dressing for school, trying to do *anything* to avoid ridicule. There was a secret pleasure, in being so careful with our apprearance, and a secret dread, that we wouldn't measure up...well, at least, that's how I remember junior high and high school. :)

At 11:22 PM, Blogger Imogen Crest said...

Intriguing! Yes, the peer group thing was important.


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