Entry - MAG Poetry Prize 2009

Color Me Nude

by Lynne Shapiro

Is nude NUDE on everyone?
Skin color alone
undermines the uniformity
nude confers.

Neutral? No, natural.

Like make-up? Be natural.
Go nude.

Does the nude stocking
improve on nature?
Stay-up technology
trumps gravity,
defies nature,
resists slipping
down the thighs
like
   a pair
         of silken
                    hands.

Imagined hands?
Like the Emperor's new clothes.

Into colorless onformity go I,
my daily            into the leg girdle.
           descent 

The better to wear shoes with, my dear. 

Added: 30.04.2009

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