Poems of the Week

Medieval Fashionistas

by Bruce Bennett

Their skeletons provided clues:
the Upper Class wore pointy shoes

That gave them bunions more than joy.
The clergy too. The hoi polloi

Were happier. Flat shoes instead
were testified to by their dead.

The lesson’s clear. Though fashion’s nice,
embrace it, and you’ll pay a price,

And centuries later, folks will gawk
at silly ways you chose to walk,

And also know you took a tumble,
and all to prove you were not humble!