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The corset The corset

The Corset

 

That hot summer in Maine

when I was fourteen, Granny

found herself beached

in her whale-boned corset

high above the shimmering shoreline,

our bags rugs drinks and clothes

washed up against her.

                           She sweltered

but was adamant, until the thermometer

nudged ninety and even she

had a refit to Bermuda shorts

and a top.

                          I wondered

if she'd tip over without her stays --

but she trimmed herself up

to full four feet nine inches,

and breeze belling her loose blouse

                                 sailed

straight with my little brother

through the shallows for crabbing,

        naked toes wriggling beneath.



Olivia Byard





First published in Huffington Post, as a result of their global quest to find good poets over the age of 50. Collected in The Wilding Eye 2015.