There is a particular pair of shorts
In New Orleans
There is a particular pair of shorts,
Beige in colour, or something along these lines
– I never learnt the names of colours
other than the ones in my first grade crayon set –
That I happen to wear once or twice a week.
But this particular pair of shorts
Appears to be afflicted by a certain kind of enchantment
For whenever I wear it
I forget to pull the zipper up.
Sometimes the realization comes before I am in the company of others.
And sometimes not.
Granted, wearing a long t-shirt
Helped to minimize the risk of being noticed by others
Although it did not,unfortunately, eliminate it.
In order to prevent the occurrence of similar wardrobe malfunctions
I decided to stop wearing that pair of shorts
Pending the outcome of a thorough investigation.