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The Importance of Wearing Gloves

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The Importance of Wearing Gloves

The importance of wearing gloves.
The importance of putting them on, just so.
The quality of this gesture shows the world
one's good breeding, set apart.

The importance of putting fingers and thumbs
into their proper place,
done poorly, there's a chance of being caught,
committing a grand faux pas that would scandalize
the year's social season.

The importance of proper adjustment, alignment,
achieved with a quick, firm push between the fingers,
securing a place on top of the hand for the three,
tightly stitched ridges.

The battle cry of the country club set
is heard as women line up,
ready to go to war for the sake of appearances.
Did Athena wear gloves?  "Pray, tell me, quick."
Some semblance of mythic history is needed,
or my friend's mother will have shot herself in vain.

*For a high-school friend who lost her mother in 1966.

Copyright © Orma Sullivan

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  1. Date: 8/12/2011 9:17:00 PM
    athena wore gloves when 'twas fitting... vanity takes many forms.. suicide is one of them............sometimes life aches.

  1. Date: 8/9/2011 8:35:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poetry being once again featured this week before the final round of the PoetrySoup International Poetry Contest Orma. The best to you in the contest. I am happy for you that things are going so well for you. It will all come together for you I am sure. Sometimes it seems to take forever but the best things in life are worth waiting for. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 8/4/2011 1:37:00 PM
    Hello dear Orma. Not active on PS anymore either. Wow, this poem is heavy duty, sure hope it wins. Good luck to you in every way. Wonderful to hear from you, thank you so much. Hugs, shar xoxo

  1. Date: 8/4/2011 8:46:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poetry making it through round one in the PoetrySoup International Poetry contest. I wish you the best in the final round Orma. Love, Carol

    Sullivan Avatar Orma Sullivan
    Date: 8/4/2011 11:29:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hi Carol, Thank you for your good wishes. Hope you have been well. I've been off Soup for some time. Have been working on my third novel, and submitting my short fiction, non-fiction book, and children's books. Had some tweaks from agents but no action--yet. I miss everyone on Soup. Take good care. Fondly, Orma Faye Sullivan