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"Qui*, whose harridan are you now?"  
this withered crone you see all bone
was once a bloom your sweet coquette
yet, years have not been kind to we.

Each maid becomes a mother
"Qui, whose harridan are you now?"  
Men bleed us dry as beaten wheat
upon a dusty floor we lie.

Those maids who lived to birth and nurse 
now possess but hairy lipped sighs. 
"Qui, whose harridan are you now?  
and where is he who loved that youth?"

They have no horrid name for he,
our aged counterparts of limp form
though stud has come and gone, we ask.
"Qui, whose harridan are you now?"  

* Qui means WHO in french 
* harridan origin 1690–1700;  perhaps alteration of French haridelle
  thin, worn-out horse, large, gaunt woman (compared with the initial
  element of haras  stud farm, though derivation is unclear) 
** 89 years later Madam Guillotine's reigned perhaps woman don't like
    being called names? 

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  1. Date: 5/30/2012 11:07:00 PM
    Isn't it a shame he changed that contest?? I too did something different from heroines. Just coming back here and admiring this one.

  1. Date: 5/26/2012 1:09:00 AM
    LOVE this, Debs. Way to do the word harridan.

  1. Date: 5/24/2012 10:27:00 AM
    awesome ,

  1. Date: 5/24/2012 9:44:00 AM
    Beautiful quatern, and a great use of the repeated line. I do believe that as an interrogative pronoun, qui would be more accurate that que, as you are referring to the harridan's maker, owner? Que would be correct if you mean what circumstance.

  1. Date: 5/24/2012 8:52:00 AM
    They call those men...dead beats...they call them....whore mongers ! Need I go on ! And if you be the "harridan" dear poet, you must have just cause ! I always did dream of being that night in shinning armor, 'till the rust set in as the gray, while my words through my rusty mask still made her blush...yet who am I, to challenge the young "studs" ! Great write Debbie ! Have a fantastic week....much love, james

    Grisetti Avatar Joann Grisetti
    Date: 5/24/2012 9:46:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    James, what is the male equivalent for nag, shrew, hag, etc. Why do we have so many words for old women and not old men? Do women outlive men? Or do men think of themselves as forever young?
  1. Date: 5/24/2012 8:21:00 AM
    well done.....I believe most of us have periods of this malais? jimbo

  1. Date: 5/24/2012 8:08:00 AM
    If I used the french wrong some one let me know! [maybe it should be Qui?]

  1. Date: 5/24/2012 8:07:00 AM
    very nice, Deb! best wishes in the contest. hugs, Catie :)