“A winning wave, deserving note, in the tempestuous petticoat”

~ by Robert Herrick

A sweet disorder in the dress
Kindles in clothes a wantonness,

A lawn about the shoulders thrown
Into a fine distraction,

An erring lace that here and there
Enthralls a crimson stomacher,

A cuff neglectful, and thereby
Ribbands to flow confusedly,

A winning wave, deserving note,
In the tempestuous petticoat,

A careless shoestring, in whose tie
I see a wild civility,

Do more bewitch me than when art
Is too precise in every part.


Author: MDM

Michael Dennis Mooney is a student of humor and witticism in verse. At this site he is compiling a selection of the best works using extended metaphor in poetry, with a special interest in satire, parody, and humor. Suggestions are welcome. Send your citations of favorites, by email, to mike.mooney.home@gmail.com He has a site "New Writings" at http://jcbcast.blogspot.com And a site for essays, 'His Epistles To The Philistines" at http://tothephilistines.wordpress.com

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