Sonnet to Wifebeater Shirts

credit: HeyMaaa / Boardwalk Empire


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,

sonnets are such a fun and versatile form, here is my collection of ‘em

Sonnets and Nonets

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Joe Váradi

Editor of No Crime in Rhymin' and Language Lab | ..."come for the sarcasm, stay for my soft side"