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  • Superior Wisdom

    From the Evening Star, July 1, 1914. By Philander Johnson.

    A collar built to suffocate;
    A hat that seems a leaden weight;
    A shirt and over that a coat
    To shed each cool wave set afloat;
    Suspenders which are far from light,
    Or else a belt pulled safe and tight—
    In these suffering man so neat
    Goes forth to battle with the heat.

    A filmy cloud of rustling lace,
    That floats along with clinging grace;
    A bit of color, which the breeze
    May toss about with buoyant ease—
    The man stands by and gasps for air
    And then exclaims while gazing there
    On comfortable loveliness,
    “How foolishly those women dress!”