Thursday, July 3, 2008

barbie doll

- by Marge Piercy

















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.



4 comments:

Dominique said...

Sad poem, but very well executed. Getting it published? You should!

Vk-mahalkaayo said...

goodday dr. ness,

musta na?
naka suroy gyd ko ron....

ako na plansa gyd ang pics, kung duna kay time lilia nya ha?
ug wala ba mangunot....smile

cgi, wla koy party ugma pra kim, kay bc iya nanay ug pangamote.

idungan na lang namo sa bday pod ni sascha...1 day lang ilang biya.

cgi, bye and regards to all.

ingat.......

ness said...

Doms,

naunahan ako ni Marge Piercy
eh...

ness said...

vicki,
happy birthday to kim and sascha!