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You Ask 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.

But there's other times
especially when the subject's sex
that a dinner jacket and purple beret
seems to do the trick.

I won't tell you what I'm wearing now.
It could be that black mask,
sailor's cap and bullet-proof vest

I wore to raid the jewellery store -
but I think it might be best
if I just left it for you to imagine.


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