Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Poetry Tuesday

Barbie Doll

This girlchild was born as usual
and presented dolls that did pee-pee
and miniature GE stoves and irons
and wee lipsticks the color of cherry candy.
Then in the magic of puberty, a classmate said:
You have a great big nose and fat legs.
She was healthy, tested intelligent,
possessed strong arms and back,
abundant sexual drive and manual dexterity.
She went to and fro apologizing.
Everyone saw a fat nose on thick legs.

She was advised to play coy,
exhorted to come on hearty,
exercise, diet, smile and wheedle.
Her good nature wore out
like a fan belt.
So she cut off her nose and her legs
and offered them up.
In the casket displayed on satin she lay
with the undertaker's cosmetics painted on,
a turned-up putty nose,
dressed in a pink and white nightie.
Doesn't she look pretty? everyone said.
Consummation at last.
To every woman a happy ending.
--Marge Piercy

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

oh my gawd, betty. now i am in the pit of despair. i look forward to poetry tuesday, but maybe next week, can we have an upper, a nice sonnet, some dr. suess, something, anything. i am going to take my lunesta now and hope the glowing moth carries me away into the land of snuggies far from barbies.