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Men are Like Dresses by Andiswa Onke Maqutu

Andiswa Onke Maqutu 3 August 2012 poetry Comments Off on Men are Like Dresses by Andiswa Onke Maqutu
When I was five, I watched a seamstress make me a dress
Men are like dresses, on you put the best, she said

I’m measuring its size, using you to test
I watched her work on a fashion portrait for me
Of material she took her time choosing the best quality
She took her time making the best fit

She locked eyes on the strings and drew them to her bosom
She laid the silk and velvet swabs on her breasts
And as the material lay breathless on her chest
She evened out a crease, and sealed a seam

The material was an acolyte under her caress
Manipulated to any shape and feel she desired
With her divine skill it became what she aspired
A shift dress, an empire waist baby doll dress, or a little black dress

When I was five, I watched a seamstress make me a dress
Men are like dresses, on you put the best, she said

Some men are like an empire waist baby doll dress that flares at the bottom
Eager to hug the bust line, the wrong cut can suffocate the heart
Whichever way you allow the wind to blow it between your legs it’ll start
With a peek, then a touch, it’ll even dance before it flares away

Some men are like peplum shift dresses
They leave something to the imagination as they hide your flaws
You’ll soon outgrow them; don’t fret when they fall short and become too small
Everything ends, even dresses can’t help being finite

But some men are like Little Black Dresses
Full of class and simple sense, it’s loved by your mammas
Every girl should have at least one for its timelessness
It lets a woman exude beautiful power and loves her forever

When I was five, I watched a seamstress make me a dress
Men are like dresses, on you put the best, she said

Andiswa Onke Maqutu is a third year Accounting student at Wits University. Accounting is her husband and writing her lover.

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