April is for Poetry
Updated: Jul 20
Art in all forms lifts us and carries us through the storms in our lives. We have always felt that clothing can raise your spirit in this same way. The choices you make when getting dressed in the morning set the tone for the day. The past year has proven difficult for many of us and our choices have not always lifted us up. In honor of National Poetry Month we are sharing a poem written by Esther Cohen about her pandemic clothing choices.
We've included some images from our archives that we felt illustrated how we wish we looked working from home this past year.
I've always loved them
by Esther Cohen
Even in the pandemic when everyone said
They Didn’t Have to Get Dressed
wore black sweatpants
I don’t have sweatpants never had
they wore slippers no one sees
your feet on Zoom
even in the pandemic I who have
always loved clothes even as a child my mother
tried suggesting maybe I’d want to
Wear Something Matching,
I never did and all through this difficult impossible
pandemic I woke up every single day no sweatpants
only earrings, many pairs, and clothes
and clothes and clothes and I would dress
just the way I always have, with a certain amount
of abandon, and then, I’d even put on a pair
of real shoes: yellow, or red, or green.
©2021 Esther Cohen. All rights reserved.
Esther Cohen describes herself as someone who has "been trying to write life down forever, in what I’ve overheard: in stories, in novels, and in poems". She has worked for social justice, has been a curator, an organizer, a teacher of storytelling, an author, and a fan of Cynthia Ashby clothing.
You can read her Poem a Day at: Overheardec@substack.com