Outer Layers

Clothes, Life

Outer Layers

Salford 19th August 2017

They say clothes make the man / woman

well, whoever wrote that obviously lives somewhere nearer to the equator than i do.

They’ve also never experienced the phenomenon that is Horizontal Rain.

If its sunbathing weather – then obviously i’ll be in shirt sleeves and a pair of shorts lapping up the sun and the blue skies.  Dipping my toes in cold sea water to cool off before returning to my deckchair and reading material.

On a Volunteering gig ? then i’ll have the customary event t-shirt and hat and (precautionary) jacket in case of a downpour. Nine times out of ten – i’ve never needed it

If though, the angels working in the cloud – decide the ground needs a shower that waterproof jacket comes in handy….oncoming athletes in a downpour sometimes look on in envy.

As the weather changes – so does the kit.  Organising committees on these events have adapted their kits to allow for my hometown’s inclement weather patterns – meaning during midsummer thru autumn , the occasional fleece is thrown in my general direction and unlike the waterproof – these do get used on a regular basis

for after summer – if the rain doesn’t get you – the wind most certainly will.

and you can always take these layers off if the weather improves, it gets warmer, wind drops etc.  Its why they issue volunteers with a bag at events.

Notable thing at these outdoor events – how the dress code goes out of the window when the sun has got his hat on, and the ice cream van is doing a rip roaring trade.

Tailor

Acrostic, Clothes, Poetry

Tailor

menswear-md

To many, a master of his craft

a marvel with the scissors, needle and thread

in a few hours, a suit of stature can be

lovingly crafted to the clients design

or measurements can be taken so shirt, jacket, tie and trousers can be

rounded up off various pegs for the clients special day

Warp and Weft

Arts, Clothes, Poetry, Tradition

Yarn

Salford, 22nd May 2017

A tale of Northern Mills

 

From north to south

and from east to west

crafty threads combine

on warp and weft

 

Coming from the animal

from out on the hill

and carded and threaded

and spun till wheels still

 

Or straight from the plant

coming over the sea

and landed at dockside

with the coffee and tea

 

then dyed in the colour

and sent onto mill

where fabrics created

from the thread from the hill

 

 

 

 

Out of Sight, and Out of Mind

Clothes, Domestic, Poetry

A poem by Brian F Kirkham in response to the Daily Prompt

Pungent

That dirty little secret,

hiding in plain view

has built up over time now

It isn’t something new.

 

No one is going to find it

(Deodorant Masks it you know)

But those tales that you’ve been telling

the secrets going to blow!

 

Its built up over time now

in the corner with some ease

as nobody knows where you hid it

you’ve been doing as you pleased

 

The smell of old socks is still round now

and the t-shirt ? well, it needs a break!

we all know that its your favorite

but its started to smell overbaked!

 

Ignore the classroom gossip

you’ve got to keep them keen

so isn’t it time to put that laundry

into the washing machine?

Honesty

Clothes, Fashion, Poetry

The Mirror Crack’d

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder

but a world without mirrors ?

It would be like heaven and hell had fallen on earth

as illusions of divinity – shattered

 

pictures captured by brush not box

and barbers taking time over women’s (and men’s locks)

“You really look good!” They’ll all say

Not mentioning the topic – your hairs going grey

 

And fashion be judged by crowds by a look

as you wander around in a dress off the hook

the salesman smiled – as he took your cash

but opinions from others – are honest but rash

 

“Too hell with it!” you yell “I like it!” you say

but banana coloured trousers with shirt pink and grey ?

You’ll say – “It’s the fashion – what they’re wearing”, Of course

(Forgetting you’re dressed like a pantomime horse)

 

So as you walk away – wearing clothes with a smile

people say nothing – and laugh after a while

at the fashion statement – you just had to buy

that if in the mirror you’d seen – it’d just make you cry

A suitcase by the back door

Beach, Childhood, Holidays

In response to Suitcase

smallcase

It’s a little thing,

Just the right size for a little person

containing all those essentials you need

for a holiday on the beach

T-shirts and shorts – in a rainbow of colours

vests and underpants – to keep out the wind

and just in case – his blue raincoat to keep out the rain

(not that its going to)

a book to read at bedtime

and the most important things – his crayons, notepad and..

(last but not least) – his teddy bear

(Mum and Dad are bringing everything else !)