Guest poem sent in by Jennie Godden
(Poem #332) Delight In Disorder
A sweet disorder in the dress Kindles in clothes a wantonness : A lawn about the shoulders thrown Into a fine distraction : An erring lace which here and there Enthrals the crimson stomacher : A cuff neglectful, and thereby Ribbons to flow confusedly : A winning wave (deserving note) In the tempestuous petticoat : A careless shoe-string, in whose tie I see a wild civility : Do more bewitch me than when art Is too precise in every part.
This has always been one of my favourites. I could talk about its beauty, or that its one of the most sensual poems I know, but I think I really like it because it makes a perfect excuse for slightly untidy people like me! Jennie