Sonnet to Wifebeater Shirts
Ubiquitous mainstays of mobster flicks
Iconic undergarment lacking sleeves
Well-suited to dispensing blows and kicks
To miscreants and shady lowlife sleaze.
A rather more unflat’ring undertone
Has led this fashion staple to be linked
With male domestic partners who are prone
To walloping their wives — let’s be succinct.
Perpetuated tropes on silver screens
Suspenders often added for pizzazz
James Caans and Cannavales, Jimmy Deans —
Accentuating upper muscle mass.
I wonder does this garb have staying power —
Or will it fall on history’s discard pile?
in the style of our king of sonnets, sappgregg
sonnets are such a fun and versatile form, here is my collection of ‘em