Clothes make a man – or hide his intentions?


Check out this post > The Failed Experiment > for the genesis of elaborate coverings. If you prefer a haiku, check out Cockerel Feathers.

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  1. Dear Eric,

    Nice to be back, and nice to catch up (somewhat) on your superb writings. Excellent prompt, and words to ponder. Ah, the strata and strategies that swirl within each soul. Here’s my take on it:


    Naked born, but masked

    Swaddled, suffocated then

    Freed…yet circumspect

    Thank you for composing such contemplative works, as always. And I apologize for being distant of late. (New job…)

    Take care, my fine friend,
    Paul 🙂

    1. Dear Paul,

      Great to have you visit. Happy that you have a new job and I know the house remodelling is taking up whatever spare time you might have. No worries – as friends, pop in anytime and without any guilt for being away.

      Love that haiku – captures it well, captures it all, I reckon 🙂

      You remain kind and steadfast with your compliments and I sometimes wonder whether I’m deserving of your generosity. That said, I’m heartened and grateful.

      All good wishes for a great weekend ahead,

  2. I’ve thought about this one often, Eric. We devote so much time to clothes: thinking about our own, judging the clothes of others (positively or negatively), and having strong opinions on them, but we think less about the character of the person wearing them.

    Deep. (And more than skin-deep!)

    1. Thank you Rachael,

      If our words pique, readers would embark on self discovery. We’re not preachers, but writers 🙂

      Your flash fictions always pique my interest.

      All good wishes,

    1. Very true – in time, people begin to believe their second skin is their real skin. Then, reality hits them, reveals what they really are and makes them extremely uncomfortable.


      1. 🙂
        Of course the outer disguise can often be a creative expression as much as it may be a concealment. Perhaps our obsession with outer coverings really is just an expression of the many people that we are within us. And as obvious as that may sound, it’s also deeply profound and in many ways a truer expression of who we are, or who we aspire to be I think.

        Good cake for thought Eric 😉
        All good wishes to you too

  3. Good question. I think clothing can boost our confidence (camouflage some extra pounds) but in doing so it can deceive. Where clothing is concerned, maybe 100% honesty is not the best policy (think spandex!)

    1. LOL – spandex!

      Yes, where it boosts our confidence – it is great. But as in most matters – there is a tip point – and clothings can deceive.


  4. All other living things has natural covers, whether it is fur or scales or bulk, etc., why not humans. Why made us such that we have to cover ourselves for protection against heat, cold, wet or as required by our environment. This maybe physical but the aura element is hidden as well. So I ask – is it the creator’s fault or the creation needs for survival or whatever the hidden agenda is. Amusing.
    I may have diverted a bit from the intention of your post, but this is what came through to me.

    1. No worries, Jasey dearest.

      Every interpretation is correct – it all depends on which topic you wish to address. I agree with you – all those questions expressed by you and other commenters here are valid and had puzzled me too.

      Great hugz and best wishes,

  5. Years ago I read John T Molloy’s 1975 best seller “Dress for Success”. Molloy expounds on one level of creating an image – for some time I attempted to follow his maxims, although nowadays I find that dressing down is as crucial as dressing up!
    I suggest that the sheath bestowed at birth is even more pivotal – male / female, black / white, ugly / good looking and so on. I often think that the subtleties bestowed by this innate endowment have enormous effect on our actions and character; maybe even affecting those layers of deceit.
    Good haiku – thank you for the stimulation

    1. Hello Jane,

      As a junior executive in the corporate world, I invested in classes that taught grooming, dressing, (Western) table etiquette and so forth. These held me in good stead. I gathered a bit of a reputation for protocol, food/wine matching, etc. When the new chairman of the UK conglomerate visited Singapore, my local MD (a prim and proper British gentleman) assigned me the task of handling protocol – right down to food and beverages for the VIP banquet. I received high compliments from the big man himself – who also happened to be 6 ft 8 inches tall! (That is a hint to his identity) – yes, one can ‘dress’ for success.

      As you gathered, this haiku delves into more esoteric realms. Innate endowments are challenges, I reckon. For example: do beautiful people abuse their looks and do ugly people withdraw into their shells. Challenges, both. We are each handed an examination booklet with unique ‘questions’ – how do we perform. We have the answers – or shall acquire them by living life – but how do we respond? Knowing and doing —- what a chasm.

      Glad you anjoyed the haiku.

      All good wishes upon us,

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