‘The End Of Socks’
(either foot will do at this stage)
In one end
of one sock
(it’s easy to work out which end to choose –
making sure that the sock is not inside out,
or outside in;
and you are not already
wearing your shoes.
Insert your feet as far as they will go;
making sure that you stop
when the end
hits your toes.
The rest of the sock must be pulled back tautly;
until a smooth and attractive coating of the foot is achieved –
there is nothing quite as unattractive as a crinkled sock.
The sock top
‘May’ be turned over
if that is your thing;
but, please be remembering,
that smugness at your style
when the sock is hidden,
is a thing that is largely forbidden.
Repeat the exercise above
for the second sock,
unless you are truly avant-garde,
or you’ve had to lay down
after these exertions.
Regard your symmetry in a mirror
to check if all is well;
if there is a mismatch
it won’t be difficult to tell;
but, be careful if you have chosen different socks,
some family members will shun you,
and change all the locks;
Michael Rosen might even craft a poem about your singular feat (and that’s ‘feat’ with an ‘a’).
However, if all looks well,
your task is complete…
…as is this.