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Dogs 2017

WARDROBE RIGGED
(9/23/17)

I wear
dark jeans
to work

job appropriate

comfortable

but after
the years
they fade
at the seams

the pockets

the belt
loops

and for
some reason
always
at the crotch

my main
region
of concern

one day
at the store
I see Magic
Markers

black ink
for
black pants

what
an cheap/easy
fix

at home
I color
the affected area

now
it is darker
than the rest
of the fabric

it looks
wet

worse
than faded
no doubt

so
I go about
marking
from the waistline
to mid thigh

now
the jeans
look like shorts
with lighter
leggings

I wash them
to see
if that will mitigate
the lines
of demarcation

no good

they are
permanent markers
after all

nothing
left to do
but color
every square
inch

my quick
fix
has turned
into hours

I feel
like an
idiot

but at
the office
next day

no one
can tell
the difference

no reason
to tell them
either

my groin
gratefully
again
unobtrusive