Aldo was a character in a series of commercials for cheap Italian wine some years ago. A character who needed development, I thought.

Aldo, not a slave to fashion,
Walks in, enslaving fashion
In a prison of gestures,
In a sly looking-glass wink,
As if none of it matters
Except that it does.

As if the curious drape
Of his gaze did not encase
His inner essence
Like a gilded cage

Aldo, little Aldo
Peers through filigreed wiles,
Unaware of the stifling air

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