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Poem: "Making the Man"

This poem is from the April 3, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by wyld_dandelyon and aldersprig.  It has been sponsored by laffingkat.


Making the Man
-- a sonnet


He walks through streets aglow with neon light
Where televisions flicker through the glass
And misses all the gaslamps soft and bright,
The hush of lords and ladies as they pass.

He wears the polyester of his time
And goes about in public with no hat,
But wishes for a pocketwatch's chime,
The brush of silk, and boot soles smooth and flat.

It is no wonder that he takes a chance
To don historic dress whene'er he can,
For he recalls that era's song and dance
And how the proper clothes can make a man.

Victoria is gone, but not her ways:
Some gentlemen still dream of bygone days.

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fayanora From: fayanora Date: April 5th, 2012 06:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Spiffing! I love it!

I don't feel I should have been born back then, but I do like some of the things from older eras. I always wanted a pocket watch. I have a candlestick telephone (modern replica, with touch-tone buttons). I frequently drool over the replicas of antique radios (with built in CD players), phonograph players, and the like. I love antique cars, too. I once got to ride in a real Model T (or was it a Model A?). If I was extremely wealthy, I would have all kinds of replicas of antique tech and furnishings in my possession.

Also, I was obsessed with hats as a kid. If we'd had more money, I would have gotten a much larger collection of hats. I still drool over a lot of old-fashioned hats. Mostly men's hats, though; I'm normally very feminine, but I don't like most of the hats for women from those eras.

Some of the other antique fashions also look cool. Some of the dresses, for one. Oh, and I love Captain Jack Harkness's coat. (Captain Jack Harkness is a character in the Doctor Who spinoff series "Torchwood." He wears an old military-style wool trench coat wherever he goes.) It's a bit pricey, though: http://www.thinkgeek.com/tshirts-apparel/miscellaneous/eb61/#tabs

I think the reason I like the look of older tech stuff is because Traipah, where my heart is, has only enough metal for a technological society, without much room for waste, but has an abundance of wood and stone. Because I know I prefer the look of stone and brick buildings to metal and glass buildings.

Speaking of stone... I read somewhere that some archaeologists found that the grooved ware people (makers of Stonehenge) had surprisingly comfy houses; plumbing, running water, furniture, and other things all made of stone. That, and they (and other ancient cultures, like ancient Egypt) could do stuff with stone that has modern man scratching its collective noggin wondering how the hell they managed to do that. So The Flintstones wasn't too far off the mark in that regard, at least.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: April 5th, 2012 07:17 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I'm glad you like this.

Me, I tend to keep bits of any culture that I like. Here and now, there and then, it's all the same to me in a way. I'm never all one thing, only one thing. Always a kaleidoscope.
fayanora From: fayanora Date: April 5th, 2012 07:20 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

Me, I tend to keep bits of any culture that I like. Here and now, there and then, it's all the same to me in a way. I'm never all one thing, only one thing. Always a kaleidoscope.

Reminds me a bit of Shao'Kehn, my Goddess. She was so enthralled with the universe and everything/everyone in it, and had so many diverse interests, and was so impatient to see it and do it ALL right this minute, that She went and Multiplied Herself into "a potentially infinite number" of other selves.
the_vulture From: the_vulture Date: April 5th, 2012 12:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think you may have succinctly described the feelings typical of a number of anachronists. :)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: April 5th, 2012 06:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

That is a point of common ground among historical re-enactors of any period, in my experience. They find something in the there-and-then which resonates with them more than the here-and-now.

I've known folks who wore their period garb all the time because they couldn't abide modern clothing, especially if their body type was better suited to historic than modern garments. So for instance, modern maternity wear often looks like crap but "all period garb is maternity garb" (with the exception of items designed for young maidens). It's often more forgiving of changes in body size/shape in general.
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: April 5th, 2012 05:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

I think hats look nifty, although the only time I wear one is to keep bugs out of my hair while gardening.
From: technoshaman Date: April 6th, 2012 05:28 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

Hats are a bit of a necessity for me, as I don't have much in the way of a natural roof left... I need to find my Proper English Driving Cap again...

(Although these days a lot of my hats have chin-bars and anti-fog visors and somewhat garish amounts of retro-reflective tape and say SHOEI or the like across the front... but such is life on a motorbike. Hmmm. If we wanted to steampunk it up a bit... restore an old Norton or BSA bike and rig it with a sidecar... and if you want to get *really* authentic, put the 'car on the LEFT.... :)
ideealisme From: ideealisme Date: April 5th, 2012 06:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
My Anglophile ancestors would agree with you!

of course Victoria was on the throne for a long time so I am sure fashions changed.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: April 6th, 2012 02:53 am (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

Fashions did evolve during that time period, although there's still a common flavor to them, elegant and leaning toward formal.
From: rhodielady_47 Date: April 6th, 2012 10:48 am (UTC) (Link)
Truly lovely and unique.
Women are generally portrayed as the romantic ones who wish for a bygone era, so it's nice to see a man portrayed that way for a change.
:)

ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: April 7th, 2012 03:40 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

>> Truly lovely and unique. <<

I'm glad you like this.

>> Women are generally portrayed as the romantic ones who wish for a bygone era, so it's nice to see a man portrayed that way for a change. <<

I see what you mean about portrayals. In my observation, however, quite a lot of men are interested in historic periods. It varies from one to another; you see a lot of women in Renaissance but Civil War and Victorian lean toward men.
From: rhodielady_47 Date: April 7th, 2012 10:01 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

I know. My Hubby went through a Civil War stage.
{{{Sigh.}}}
Not me though. I prefer my modern comforts and luxuries.
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