Wednesday, 13 April 2011

France, Uncovered

Exceptions are: crash helmets,
Surgical masks,
Protective covering
For dirty tasks.
Optimal hats,
Sensible shades,
Dressing up
For big parades.

But, madam,
You're under arrest.
There's a law that states
You're improperly dressed.
Come to the station,
Show us your face.
Our shared society,
Will show you your place.

© Martin Hodges 

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Martin is a writer, and former columnist. He has twice been editor of Viewpoint (a forum for INDEPENDENT internal comment within the University of Southampton), and is co-founder of Poetry24.