“Les Sapeurs”

'Les Sapeurs' - Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo


To spite poverty

and the drudgery

which follows it

like  a faithful dog,

the men dress up


Leather coats, snappy boots,

checks and look at me colours,

sunglasses, pipes and dapper hats


They mince along

Kinshasa streets

drawing attention

Their swagger defined by attire,

a fantasy against drab bitumen



they will don the ordinary,

go to work,

love their families

fade into normality


Until the next

opportunity to strut

their high end threads


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