Wednesday, 10 August 2016


In this topsy-turvy universe
Violence forms a major part
It affects most sectors and what's worse
Fashion takes this trend to heart...

You must have seen them, “distressed” jeans
Ripped, torn apart and badly frayed
Not worn by those with slender means
But in shop windows now displayed!

One of Haute Couture's new fads
Who dreamed this up? I'd like to know
Who pays top dollar for such rags?
Have the rich and famous sunk so low?

And how is this effect achieved?
Do factory staff wield razors sharp
Their work monotony relieved
By ripping what they've made, apart?

Those genuinely “on the street”
The homeless with no place to go
Sartorial expectations meet
Rare are those with knees on show!

(c) Poet in the woods 2016

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