Delight in Disorder


Here’s a little something something I thought you might enjoy for Valentine’s Day. It’s a poem by 17th century clergyman and poet Robert Herrick. (Before you roll your eyes and yawn, don’t let his clergyman status fool you… his poems were a little obscene for the early 1600s.)

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Delight in Disorder

By Robert Herrick

A sweet disorder in the dress
Kindles in clothes a wantonness;
A lawn about the shoulders thrown
Into a fine distraction;
An erring lace, which here and there
Enthrals the crimson stomacher;
A cuff neglectful, and thereby
Ribands to flow confusedly;
A winning wave, deserving note,
In the tempestuous petticoat;
A careless shoe-string, in whose tie
I see a wild civility:
Do more bewitch me, than when art
Is too precise in every part.

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So show yourself a little love, and chill out about whatever you might be fussing about today. Let your hair down. Revel in a little wild civility.

You don’t have to be Barbie. You get to be you. My bet is that your certain someone will like it even more if you’re not perfectly put together.

Love,

— The Conscious Mom

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