The Remains of Elegance
For what do we put on gloves?
why do we open doors?
to whom do we bow?
what is the point
when our business
our cherished entertainment
is the work of a peeping Tom.
When nothing is sacred
feeling all needs to be exposed
presidents caught in foreign sheets
actors, athletes are made indiscreet
perhaps need drives
as evil thrives in privacy.
But should we leave mystery?
Is a diet of the sorted a healthy fare?
do we abandon elegance
when we hold ourselves in such a way
where we consider all men
as our equals
without privacy entering in.
for they, our vaunted idols in the flesh,
dance naked before our eyes
in order to get our attention.
we demand they strip
before and after they are paid
that we might examine every blemish
and make much hay.
Watching them at their worst
mocking them in their hours of need
perhaps they need more then we
strippers need fortification
even fully clothed.
the networks leave little to the imagination
Perhaps modesty, privacy, gentility, elegance,
have their own ways of keeping matters in check
when the powerful feared scandal
then in public
they didn't seek approval
by giving us a show
that would make our forbearers blush.
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