One may learn that brevity is the soul of lingerie, as the Petticoat said to the Chemise. Dorothy Parker.

THE GEM 12 MAY 2015

THE OLD PROVERBIAL RECOVERY

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Chemise

What would the self
disrobed look like,
the form undraped?
There is a flimsy cloth
we can’t take off—
some last chemise
we can’t escape—
a hope more intimate
than paint
to please.

Kay Ryan.

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