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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