Poem: Labour of Life – 23/01/20

too stiff, too tight,
too inflexible,
is that life’s intention?
a formal suit, paired with a starched white collar,
perfectly suitable for a living fool,
breathing superiority and dominance
but here:
a softer gown, lavender blue,
fit for a lady
an arm to caress and know of,
to hold.
dare the suit be worn with little thought?
portray an image of undertaking and undertaken
all at once?
speaking of a world dragging down the masked
who fight to keep flagrant pretence alive while hooded?
or will the lady soften the scene,
with her flowing georgette dress,
and perfection set against its tight seams?
stiff or gentle, who will bless?
rigid or supple, who will you choose?
roles in life to assign and defy
accompanied by a decision possibly divine.
© 2020 Lauren M. Hancock. All rights reserved.
All images signed “LMH”
are copyrighted 2019-2020 by Lauren M. Hancock

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