A Young Philosopher

A young philosopher went every day
To watch a seamstress toil at her machine,
Where she’d sit alt’ring clothes, a fine array,
For those too over-grown or those too lean.
Until, at last, because of all he’d seen,
As if awoke from prayer, he raised his head,
And grabb’d her Singer in a fit of spleen,
And smash’d it ‘gainst a wall, and stitches shred:
“The time has come to sew without the thread!
From old and barb’rous ways at last set free,
From all such scissors, needles, strings — instead
Free cloths will join in nat’ral harmony,
Equality, fraternity, oh yes! —
A seamstress need but watch them form a dress.”

Drew Keane

Drew Keane is a Lecturer in the Department of Writing and Linguistics at Georgia Southern University. He served on the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music for the Episcopal Church from 2012 to 2018. His current research focuses on residual orality in 16th C. English religious prose, and he is a PhD candidate in the School of English at the University of St. Andrews.

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