s./j. goldner

Rookie (March 2nd,1984 / USA)

Confidence At The Collar - Poem by s./j. goldner

(It’s amazing what a popped-up collar
Does for a gent’s self esteem:
“Hey fella! with your turned-up Lacoste,
Mind if I turn it down a notch….“)

What would you do if I de-slanged your ‘tude
Would you stand up and unhook my ….shirt
What would you say if I copied your “trend”
Would you laugh and then call me perverse?

See, I must not get it—cause I don’t think it’s neat
I think it’s lame and downright conceit.
So say what you will to my girl friend and me
We’re gonna stand here and pop you look to look-see.

Let’s go Preps, now it’s pink versus blue.
Yes, that’s right: you’re in pink, I’m in blue;
P’haps when the metrosexism has
Run its course—we can fix these colors in reverse.

In the meantime, we’ll have to make do.
Now, see who can get farther on the bartender’s cue:
READY set Go! First with a drink clear of fee
Get’s to deal the other a de-popping ceremony.

5 minutes go by, now 10, we’re both getting restless
—About to give in.
An hour—now two—that’s it! we both cave,
You win.

Starched and sharpened—the posh dating armor,
But the collar doesn’t formulate the fiercest desire.
Thus, confidence can not be at the neck
of these flamboyant hues,

but—wait—now, did we check the shoes?

Comments about Confidence At The Collar by s./j. goldner

  • (11/8/2008 7:27:00 PM)

    Great poem...I liked the ending lol. It had kind of a riot grrrl feel to it which I thought was cool. Top marks!

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  • Melanie Emiko (1/29/2007 2:56:00 AM)

    Hey Sus, I'm back here. Checking your stuffs don't fail me...worth reading. I can relate a lot to this stylish poem. I've noticed that how I express my self in public lots of times is affected by my get-up.Lots of humor and relevance to present day. Great job as usual! (Report)Reply

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  • (7/4/2006 4:27:00 AM)

    they do say that if you want to know a man's taste...look at his shoe! ! ...i enjoyed the poem SUN...but i will leave it to you to fight the gender war...done a lot in my time...but a little tired now...and also realized that 'boys will be boys'...some mountains are best left alone...i respect my biseps, thank you...nalini (Report)Reply

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  • (6/11/2006 9:04:00 PM)

    A very reverential look at the meaning of the Book of Job. St. Thomas Aquinas could do no more. Your deep understanding of Babylonian cuneiforms shines through. Also, it's very funny. Did I mention Hegel? You've obsoleted him. (Report)Reply

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  • (6/11/2006 11:48:00 AM)

    As a devout people watcher, this made me smile. I like the subtle expression of time versus standards. This is why it's good to be a hippie, every woman loves a skinny white man in a dashiki, bandana, and sandals. ; -) A. (Report)Reply

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  • (5/31/2006 10:03:00 AM)

    Cleaver poem and I'm certain correct, but I have so little style, I can't be sure. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Poem Edited: Sunday, November 9, 2008

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