Looking Good

By Thomas M. McDade

Kelly’s Men’s
on Granby Street
Norfolk was
where I bought
my tailored
dress blues
gabardine fabric
on my first
charge account
lucky shamrock
on the card
a zipper on one
jumper side
made for a fit
snug and confident
built in liberty cuffs
weren’t as
fancy as some
no mermaids
or dragons
just a few lines
wavy and colorful
the lining was
something
close to silk
according to

the salesman
God, they felt
fabulous made
my boot camp
issued forever
obsolete and
if Kelly’s had
offered seaman
deuce stripes
that glowed
in the dark
I would have
included some

“Looking Good” was previously published in the following:

Tin Can Sailors Website, Poet’s Corner “Looking Good” – As “Tailor Made”

A Ditty Bag of Navy Poems – Online Publication “Looking Good” – As “Tailor Made”

About the Author

Thomas M. McDade is a resident of Fredericksburg, VA, previously CT, & RI.  He is a graduate of Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT.  McDade is twice a U.S. Navy Veteran serving ashore at the Fleet Anti-Air Warfare Training Center, Virginia Beach, VA and at sea aboard the USS Mullinnix (DD-944) and USS Miller (DE / FF-1091). His poetry has most recently appeared in The Beliveau Review and Last Call Chinaski, An Homage to 70 Years of Bukowski's Influence on Culture and Writing.