Long Johns

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My ex-coal miner Granddad

always got up too early we thought

that's why I suppose he used to say

'you are missing the best part the day'


he, not thinking


any part of any day is just as good

as long as you are here to see it.


We, his Grandchildren ridiculed him

being fashionably addicted as we were 

to designer underwear labelled with honey trap

over advertised names


by doing our mischevious best

to convince him out of those fluffy

all in ones

with their embarrassing rear buttoned flaps

and into body-hugging Nike briefs.


Later Dad would say we mithered him to death

but silicosis has nothing to do with old-fashioned woollen body socks.


It claimed him soon after.

Yet one more beloved face we would only be able

to see again

laughing with us in selfies.


◄ Advancement

House of regret ►


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Jemima Jones

Sat 20th Jan 2018 20:51

Rose,( haha) stop beating your lovely self up on my account
Leon, Desmond, KJ, M.C. ( I think the clothing item in question is what they now call onesies ) apart from the fact that they are not classed as underwear even though it is likely in the kind of weather we are having that a lot of folks would use them for that very purpose. Thank you. Jemima.

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M.C. Newberry

Sat 20th Jan 2018 16:43

I wonder when the wear in question actually vanished from shop shelves? Maybe victim of the advertising success of
"Y"-Fronts and the promotion of "separates" to add to
the makers' revenues via the marketing choice as the new
thing? Seen now in period films (e.g. Westerns), the
design still seems to have its practical attractions - why
not double up as sleepwear in colder conditions?
They could be promoted as "Climate Change Combos"!!


Fri 19th Jan 2018 19:21

Im a big fan of long johns

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Fri 19th Jan 2018 16:18

unbelievably brilliant Jemima

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Rose Casserley

Fri 19th Jan 2018 15:17

if you keep knocking pearlers up like this beaut Jemster, I
might have to go back to poetry school! 😃


Rose 💋

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