The Suit

The Suit

Hear it read by Jillian Pattinson

What it is and precisely
what it means
I can’t rightly tell you.
Better that you ask the tailor,
muttering around a mannequin,
his circumspect lips
fixed to a row of pins;
or the gentleman’s man,
working his damp cloth,
his pig bristle brush
and mobile eyebrows;
or the banker,
fastening his left cufflink,
shrugging into its snug fit;
or that sallow man,
shut without for want of it;
or his darning needle wife,
his threadbare child;
or the undertaker.

Yes. He knows. Ask him.

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