Platitudinal Pathos

you’re such a pretty lady

too bad you’re such a bitch, he said

 

good girls can go to hell

being polite to bad boys

 

learning to sit quietly

taking no space

 

I choose brazen words today

more suitable for caustic occasions

 

than tea cups and lace

I don’t like ladies sewing circles

 

eating finger sandwiches

and smoking platitudes

 

while l sit pulling knitting needles

from between my shoulder blades

 

lodged neatly by dainty manicured hands

in starched white gloves

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