etymology of a blouse

to wear a man out
a floral top pressed to his skin
by a silken breeze

weather brings them closer:
bees emerge
from the soft petals of his chest

to thread each button
through its budding slit—fingers
pollinate in this fashion

the birds, too, how they nest in his
loose drapery, ruffle
their feathers in a sinuous dance

like a man, lithe

& bare-chested in a cage at the club—
arms flimsy, unfurling

there is an attraction to a delicacy

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