ivor or ivor.e hogg

Rookie (7/4/1934 / Hebburn.Co Durham U.K)

First Impressions Can Be False - Poem by ivor or ivor.e hogg

The vicar wore a summer frock
when he was preaching to his flock.
His chosen theme intolerance
afforded him the perfect chance.

To openly admit he was
a little different because.
By nature disinclined to fight
the urges which to him felt right.

Confidently masculine.
He did not feel clothes should define
ones sexual identity
and should be viewed more tolerantly.

All deviations from the norm
considered so we might reform
The way we judge our fellow men
It is time to take stock again.

A brawny Scotsman we accept
can wear a kilt we don’t suspect.
that he might be effeminate.
In fact we think that he looks great.

A prime example of a man.
Which only goes to show we can forget
our preconceived ideas.
A man defines the clothes he wears

In days of yore Dandies would dress
in silks and velvet to impress
and would defend with naked steel
the right to dress the way they feel.

I find it hard to understand
why people condemn out of hand
Men who do not seem to care
what you think they ought wear.

A man has every right to dress
in any fashion more nor less.
Women can wear trouser suits
and if they choose to heavy boots.

If your reaction to his clothes
is to suspect he’s one of those
Then you display your ignorance
and complete lack of tolerance.


Comments about First Impressions Can Be False by ivor or ivor.e hogg

  • Ernestine Northover (1/18/2008 3:01:00 AM)

    Here, here Ivor. I so agree. A very good poem making a strong statement. I hope the congregation didn't condemn him. Ha! Enjoyed reading this immensely.
    Love and hugs Ernestine XXX

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 17, 2008

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