Guest poem submitted by Zenobia Driver:
(Poem #638) Song of Perfect Propriety
Oh, I should like to ride the seas, A roaring buccaneer; A cutlass banging at my knees, A dirk behind my ear. And when my captives' chains would clank I'd howl with glee and drink, And then fling out the quivering plank And watch the beggars sink. I'd like to straddle gory decks, And dig in laden sands, And know the feel of throbbing necks Between my knotted hands. Oh, I should like to strut and curse Among my blackguard crew.... But I am writing little verse, As little ladies do. Oh, I should like to dance and laugh And pose and preen and sway, And rip the hearts of men in half, And toss the bits away. I'd like to view the reeling years Through unastonished eyes, And dip my finger-tips in tears, And give my smiles for sighs. I'd stroll beyond the ancient bounds, And tap at fastened gates, And hear the prettiest of sound- The clink of shattered fates. My slaves I'd like to bind with thongs That cut and burn and chill.... But I am writing little songs, As little ladies will.
Ever since I was a kid, I've been hearing those awful words, "Ladies don't do such things". I hate that sentence. I hate walking daintily, speaking softly and giggling with a gentle tinkling noise. Which is why I find Parker brilliant. She professes utterly nasty, unladylike emotions - ooooooooooooo I love it - and then ends with two soft little ladylike lines. The contrast is hilarious. Zen.