Ladies of the Hour

Thursday, November 19, 2015

 
 
The ladies sit in rigid chairs,
hands crossed in skirt-covered laps.
A silent room
Made loud by expectations.
 
Miss Understanding smiles quietly [knowingly]
but never speaks.
She fears the labels-
foolslutbitchuselesswoman-
but fears the judgment more.
 
 
Miss Take quietly steals bagels and donuts
from untouched serving trays sitting
in the back of the room.
Miss Behavior watches
and frowns, jealous yet disapproving.
 
 
Miss Interpret believes she knows
everything about them.
But she does not see
any of the secrets the women keep
locked away in perfectly polished heads.
 
 
 
She sits oblivious to the truth of them.
The failed housewife and ex-prostitute,
the unhinged over-eater and the depressed under-eater.
Most of all,
she ignores herself.
The insignificant.  The one not noticed.
 
 
 
 

2 comments:

  1. Whoa. This is really, really good!! Love it.

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  2. Very original Honey!! Never once did I think of these words in this way and I LOVE that you did!! Ma

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