Liz Taylor once blamed
elastic for the changes in her shape.
Denial:  All must be well
as long as the underpants still fit. . .

But–Why do you think they invented elastic?
my mother asked when I first whined
about the mid-life spread,
when the underpants started to bind.

Mother Knows Best:
Life is better with a little give,
allowance for the expansion
of miseries that come to weigh us down.
-published in Huge Underpants of Gloom, 2009.  (My favorite publishing credit ever.)


One comment on “ELASTIC

  1. Judith says:

    I loved this poem. A nice counterpoint to “What She Gives.”

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