Each month the Playboy magazine
would come in a brown envelope.
I was in Seminary then
and Hefner sent it free to keep
the clergy up on all his thoughts
(he called it his philosophy.)
The stories actually had plots,
some jokes were good, but I would see
the women first, the centerfold,
the air-brushed flawless, pale white skin.
Penthouse and Hustler were more bold,
showed pink as if it were a sin,
but Sports Illustrated was best
(because bikinis revealed less.)
– Steve Shoemaker, Feb. 12, 2014