Sunday, 9 April 2017

the bare necessities, 9/April/17

thankfully someone invented clothes...... I look much better in clothes than not even though I wear nondescript ones no better than bags thoughtlessly snagged on a dead hawthorn bush...... like the snow they conveniently hide the flaws and that fact that most and perhaps fewer than few people look good naked.... 

not that I'm a prude, quite the opposite, it's just it can be a bit like pulling open the curtains first thing to be assailed by the full glare of the sun into half-awake eyes.... 'tis a veritably pain-engendering moment...... basically the human body both not a pretty sight and indeed "a sight to behold", though that depends on what tone of voice you use for that last statement...... the human form for all it being a master of biological engineering is flawed both inside and clearly outside and though it can be altered, honed, polished (hush! no innuendos here please....) and tinkered (I said hush! no innuendos) to make it the 'perfect' specimen it can also as fast and usually faster tumble in disrepair making it look as though it's permanently gurning (check your dictionaries)...... 

of course it could be said it all comes down to what one defines as ugly or pretty and anyway aren't appearances shallow and facile and nothing to do with the beautiful soul beneath?........ except what lies beneath can be precisely what is being projected without, not always such an inner beauty...... 

and so we come to clothes, not only conveniently protective against weather or injury but also against offending anyone with something that could only elicit a single response, "oh my god, put it away!"..... lighting is also handy because it can be turned off, so clothes are basically your body with the lights off, but not, rubbish analogy---> moving on....... there are of course advocates of naked rights, as in the right to be naked in public without causing offense, which is all good and laudable so each to their own.... these aren't to be confused with naturists most of whom confine their nakedity to private or the like-minded........ we shouldn't be forced to wear clothes but for me I'm glad for my ill-fitting threads concealing the more clumsy, laughable and decidedly unsightly parts of me....... it's a point of view..... might be vanity, certainly not any sense of fashion, or simply feeling less uneasy covered-up and not wanting to stand out (woah! innuendo-alert!)...... controversial, contentious, or merely funny? whatever.... and the question "do you keep your socks on?", well I'm not telling......

© robert greig 2017

1 comment:

Martin Kloess said...

Some things make us wonder...