[Image from Vintage Connection]
They wore dresses then, “cared” about fashion
(for to ignore such would have given hint
too loud to their true station). No jeans, lint-
free fabrics only, flowing (with passion
restrained – in thought, in speech, in deed). Action
was for menfolk then; women bit tongues, leant
their talents to acceptable habits
and complimentary opinions. Then,
though, modernity rushed in as “saviour”.
So it was dressed, all change in demeanor;
an about-face in behaviour. But man
next became embarrassed, afraid of legs
in trousers, voices raised, beside him. Let
past come forth once more: skirted salvation.
[Copyright © N R Nolan 2016]