On Appearances

Tom Cheatham fineartamerica.com

Tom Cheatham fineartamerica.com

Clothes make the man
much as make`up the woman
A charade perpetrated by Mad`men
who take two yards of worsted
for each suit gets sold

We bought them once
when ambitions festered on us
like warts on a toad in late October
The boss told us we were slick
Models right from GQ

Then came the season
of the college graduate jocks
with bleached hair Hawaiian shirts
The boss said we looked old
Hell by then we were

First they moved us
off the floor & into the office
Then they down`sized Layed us off
Shipped our jobs off to India
Us in our wool suits

without any reason
to buy a new tie for the spring
since the boss hired us back to work
as custodians on the grounds
Coveralls provided

“I wear a shabby house,
as the lazy turtle does, disreputable and easy, dozing
in mud all winter.” ~ Donald Hall


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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2 Responses to On Appearances

  1. funny spark of memory – one of my jobs in the 60s was a janitor on the computer floor of Prudential Insurance an I had to wear a bow tie

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