Nettle Love

Some favour finest muslin, others silk.
A few prefer synthetics. That's OK.
You'll find no judgment here.

Newcomers often ask - why dress at all?
believing (as they would) that nettles seek
the unprotected skin.

They do not understand - the sheerest weave
catches each predatory ragged leaf
to press it sweetly close.

Nor do we run and thrash. Each loving sting
is better savoured in a peaceful mien
than in a turbulence.

We are not many. It is for the few
to walk in nettled fields and to enjoy
this most aesthetic pain.

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