an all-slant rhyme appreciation
Of all our daily words for pants,
Let us not relinquish "slacks."
Trousers, britches, pantaloons,
dungarees---I like these, too,
yet, of the terms we might forget,
they seem to be endangered less.
"Slacks" is of a fashion old,
and not just in the fashion world;
it's hardly butch---may not be fem-
inist, as it's not used by men
referring to their own attire
(unless they're rather broad of mind)
---but "slacks" is jaunty, free and light;
the kind of easy feel I like;
it calls up crisp-creased linen, silk,
a herringbone, or some fabric
with lovely tiny-flower print,
swishy, swaying, smart-looking.
The word's just grand---I've thought upon't
and say to you: "slacks" must live on.