Alanna Blake: Zip It Up

Here’s to the man who invented the zip
And here’s to his buttoned-up brother:
One very trendy, resourceful and hip,
Safer and slower the other.
Permanent stitching or hooks with their eyes
Ably achieved a connection
Till an encounter with gear wheels gave rise
To an inspired intersection.
No snagging studs and no buttons to lose,
Drawstring, or buckle or gripper,
Praise for the fastening billions choose,
Praise for E. Howe, the first zipper.