Clothes–dVerse Poetics, the Photography of Phyllis Galembo

Photo:Phyllis Galembo affanwan-masquerade

Photo:Phyllis Galembo


some people chose clothes
to express who they are.
other dress in such a way
so as to seem like everyone else.

think of how much money
we would save
if adam and eve hadn’t screwed
things up for us.

on the other hand, consider
of the impact on the GNP.

colors reflect mood.
are people who wear black and white
those who choose blue, blue?
and what of gray?

if the whole world
went clothing optional,
some of us
would need ironing.

A late submission for Tony’s prompt for dVerse Poetics using the photography of Phyllis Galembo. National Poetry Month, Day 16. 

Photo used with permission. All rights reserved, Phyllis Galembo


17 thoughts on “Clothes–dVerse Poetics, the Photography of Phyllis Galembo

  1. Linda Rogers says:

    What a fun take on this photo prompt. I think many of us would agree that no clothes at certain stages in life is a real good thing. LOL


  2. claudia says:

    that brought the emperor’s new clothes story to me… things would be much easier if we hadn’t to wear clothes but’s also nice to go shopping and look a bit different every once and a while…smiles


  3. Bryan Ens says:

    great poem…and stanza `v` had me chuckling 🙂


  4. Yes all the wrinkles and imperfections would need ironing….a good reason for covering up 🙂


  5. Once upon a time clothes were a real interest to me. Nowadays it’s comfort and warmth that I seek – blow style and fashion!


  6. billgncs says:

    clothes make the man – especially as we mature 🙂


  7. kamana says:

    love that last bit 🙂


  8. brian miller says:

    oh i imagine they would find other things to sell to support our GNP….smiles…imagine life if we did not worry about image…and were all vulnerable like that….you know….


  9. This is the photo that inspired me instantly. I believe it had a similar impact on you. Nice poem. I like the first stanza a lot.


  10. Grace says:

    If only clothes were optional, we would not spend so much money on the external ~ Good one Victoria ~


  11. Mary says:

    Yes, we would have much more money for sure if Adam and Eve had not eaten that apple. And..Well, the last stanza…how true….lots of ironing would be in order, I think! Clever writing, Victoria.


  12. Abhra Pal says:

    A fantastic play you have here, smiles. I am glad you could join in. Loved you micro poetry like always. 🙂


  13. rbhexem says:

    we’d all be better off with not clothes….


  14. Laurie Kolp says:

    Lots to think about… I prefer buying clothes that don’t need ironing. Love the first one.


  15. Truedessa says:

    This was an amusing take on the prompt. I always find it interesting when I go to work and there will be a group of people all wearing the
    same color..what makes everyone wear the same color on a particular day and it is usually an odd color like this week it was purple.


  16. haha at the last stanza… if Adam and Eve didn’t mess everything up… hmm, I like wearing clothes, so I don’t mind their actions.. smiles.

    By the way, please call me Anthony; I’ve always disliked the nickname, ‘Tony’.


  17. Interesting bits about clothing… and the last one made me smile. Nicely done. 🙂


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