Mask of Finery

Fashion plate from Le Bon Ton magazine depicti...

Fashion plate from Le Bon Ton magazine depicting three well-dressed men / Gravure de mode dans la revue Le Bon Ton de trois hommes bien habillés (Photo credit: BiblioArchives / LibraryArchives)

He wore fleur-de-lis cufflinks
With his crisp white shirts
Royal purple cravat
Italian leather shoes
His wording so precise
Slight cruelty in his smile
As though he hid monstrosity
Beneath a perfect sense of style

His hair thick, dark, finely coiffed
Slight stubble on olive cheeks
One onyx ring worn
On finely tapered thumb
His walk was casual elegance
His wit on the edge of spite
A flash from oddly feline eyes
As though any moment he may bite

If it is that clothing makes the man
Then this dressing told us so
His under-stated wealth would rise
From suits of tailored perfection
This quality adorned his features
And was calculated for desire
But those that followed this devil’s dance
Earned nothing but the fire

(c) Helen Valentina 2013, All Rights Reserved

About Helen

I'm drawn to blogging as a way to share ideas and consider what makes us who we are. Whether it's in our working life or our creativity, expression is a means to connect.
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6 Responses to Mask of Finery

  1. ottomandandy says:

    This poem must be written for dandyism…

  2. A2LSM says:

    I’ve run into those beasts hiding in fine clothes – they lead you on the most wicked of dances.

    • They do indeed, in a weird way it was kind of inspired by the Rolling Stones song ‘Sympathy for the Devil’ – the same theme of a very urbane person hiding something much darker within. 🙂

  3. I love the use of words here, very evocative

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