by Jim Murdoch
My daughter bought me a book, an album,
with pictures of naked women in it.
Of course the wrong women were naked but
how was she to know that that might matter?
That said, realisation is one thing,
acceptance another and approval,
first tacit, then open, quite something else.
Nudity is such a disappointment.
I have never really understood when
nakedness becomes art or if indeed
openness is always a good idea.
She said the book had a dented spine which
is how she could afford it and then we
moved seamlessly onto other matters.
Jim Murdoch is a Scottish poet whose work has regularly appeared in magazine since the 1970s. He has also published three novels and blogs regularly at The Truth About Lies.