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What I Wear for Writing

Sometimes I write naked
as a Neanderthal.
I write about bones and fire.

Or I'll put on the cumbersome
suit of an astronaut
and write about emptiness.

When the subject's sex
I find that a dinner jacket
and purple beret does the trick.

What am I wearing now, you ask.
It might be that black mask,
sailor's cap and bullet-proof vest

that I wear to formal occasions
like weddings, regattas
and the State Opening of Parliament.

Or it could simply be my favourite
t-shirt with the boldy-printed slogan:
"I am your creation"

But I'd rather keep you guessing.
I have to leave something
to your imagination.


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