In the Skinny Days of Youth and Yearning
In the skinny days of youth and yearning,
smiling was not permitted;
too redolent with levity.
This had to happen behind doors, or books, or fingers.
Then wracked with fear that laughing eyes might be misread as carefree,
costume stood as shorthand for a state of mind,
a counterweight effect.
The black boots looked fine:
androgynous, serious, romantic.
as long as they were tight,
Colour in its brighter forms,
was best avoided.
Darkness showed an empathy
with the serious business