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By Mary E. Adair

From pea green to cerise and black
With whites from ivory to tan,
With hooks, and slides and thingamajigs
And crisscross straps with elan.
There are those made to minimize,
Then those that emphasize
A few that might cauterize,
And some you could idolize.
With closures in front and closures in back
-- sounds like the IRS,
And of course the sequined ones
That always make such a mess.
With fabrics of satin, silk, gauze
And perfectly plain white cotton,
There are boned ones and pour-into ones,
Now, what have I forgotten?
Oh! the timed-ones like more than 17-hr-ones
That you wonder what-will-happen-ones
If you removed them too early, ones,
The rest you can discover,
The test of lesson twelve....
The rewards of the perfect one
Only you can tell.

©January 2001 Mary E. Adair

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