The secret of peacock politeness
is keeping appearances plumed.
No horse ever entered the Preakness
without being properly groomed.
One’s laundry is judged by its whiteness
plus points for a three-cornered fold.
When windows are sparkling and streakless,
the housekeeper’s virtue’s extolled.
Affluence? The public will rate this
as, morally speaking, germane
and celebrate human uniqueness
according to obvious gain.
A manifestation of greatness
akin to a solar eclipse
is proof of a dieter’s weakness.
It’s written all over her hips.
1999 Mary Boren