What’s your uniform?

Fire fighter, police officer, paramedic and priest.

Uniform, uniform, oh how I love a uniform!

Safety, comfort, protection and life.


Artists, square dancers, jui jitsui practitioners.

Smock, swirl and gi – oh a uniform!

Color, music and power.


Farmer, mother, truck driver and gangsta.

Uniform, uniform, oh how I wonder

at our ability to label so well.


Uniform with clothing, badge and stance.

Salute, hide, protect and serve.

Hidden or easily seen.


Behind the scenes or on a front line,

uniform makes you into a  target

or covers us as a shield.


Lab coat, trench coat, pink fur coat.

Scientist, spy and rapper suit up.

Who doesn’t have one, yet?


I started out serious, and deleted, I started again for fun and deleted.  I tried to post one and the internet ate it. I hope you enjoy this take from Fireblossom’s Challenge at With Real Toads.



  1. March 3, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Oh, yes. It’s how we humans label each other. So well done. I especially like the line about how uniforms function as both target and shield. Looks like you really enjoyed this prompt! I did, too!

    • shanyns said,

      March 3, 2012 at 2:09 pm

      I thought it was a great prompt, thanks for coming by Mary Ann…

  2. Herotomost said,

    March 3, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    At first glance I thought this challenge would bring out the heavy hitters…fireman, military etc. But everyone had done such a great job getting creative. This one was very good and washed through a plethora of uniforms at once…it appears that just about anything we do or want to be is a uniform in itself. Great writing.

    • shanyns said,

      March 3, 2012 at 4:10 pm

      Thank you so much…I was tempted to go to my fire background and pull out the stripes but this seemed to flow more…glad you stopped by and very glad you enjoyed the poetry.

  3. brian miller said,

    March 3, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    you def hit on many different unifroms and in some ways we all have them…mine happens to be jeans and a good pair of shoes….ha…its all about comfort and disarming the kids i work with

    • shanyns said,

      March 3, 2012 at 5:52 pm

      Brian that’s the best uniform of all! Thanks for coming by.

  4. March 3, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    I think there is a certain comfort in a uniform, a familiarity and a role to play.

    • shanyns said,

      March 3, 2012 at 6:31 pm

      Kerry I agree…and yet that comfort can also be a trap. Both sides to such a simple seeming thing, a uniform. thanks for coming by.

  5. Fireblossom said,

    March 4, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    I enjoyed this a lot! The way you used the threes at the start of each stanza was cool.

    • shanyns said,

      March 4, 2012 at 8:13 pm

      Thanks! 🙂 that was a great prompt! So glad you stopped by.

  6. Tony said,

    March 29, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Nurses, doctors, chefs and beauticians, are few not mentioned. I love this poet though as a uniform man, 🙂

    • shanyns said,

      March 29, 2012 at 7:29 pm

      Tony – thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. There are so many uniforms aren’t there? Glad you enjoyed the poem.

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