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Invisible Ladies

Invisible ladies! You see them ev’rywhere,
In sensible raincoats and Margaret Thatcher hair.
Standing at bus-stops, watching the bus go by:
Waiting at crossings,
Letting the traffic splatter mud in their eyes …

Invisible ladies, all in their “middle years”.
Invisible ladies:
No hopes, but so many fears …

   SO polite! So ladylike!
   Just don’t mind us, don’t make a fuss … Wouldn’t be right …
   But deep inside, there’s such a rage …
   You’ll catch it too, this vanishing plague
   Called MIDDLE AGE!

Invisible ladies … shopping bags all akimbo:
Moving like zombies, each in her private limbo.
Pushing a trolley at ASDA or Sainsbury:
Examining prices,
Searching for bargains – ever more desp’rately …

Invisible ladies, choosing the longest queue …
The one with the baby:
Babies, they’re visible to …

   SO polite! So ladylike!
   Just don’t mind us, don’t make a fuss … Wouldn’t be right …
   But deep inside, there’s such a rage …
   You’ll catch it too, this vanishing plague
   Called MIDDLE AGE!
	
Invisible ladies! When somebody barges by,
Instead of complaining, they always apologise!
They oughta get angry, and maybe get pushy too:
Say, “HEY! Look AT me!
See, I’m a PERSON, really very like you!”

Invisible ladies, everyone knows one …
They live in our houses …
You probably call yours “MUM!”





(This is an anthem for all fifty-somethings - Chaps too!)


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  1. Date: 8/25/2009 8:27:00 AM
    Like the kyrielle touches Frances.How about a verse for we 70's ? Rgds Brian & thanks for your welcome comments

  1. Date: 8/23/2009 8:48:00 AM
    Excellent Sunday morning poetry reading Frances. Thank you for sharing your poetry. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 8/22/2009 4:55:00 PM
    Nicley written. Great idea. Sara

  1. Date: 8/22/2009 4:47:00 PM
    Nicely written, Frances! Great reminder to open our eyes and see the treasure all around us! Blessings! Donna

  1. Date: 8/22/2009 3:49:00 PM
    WoW and WoW!! this gem goes to my favs!! Excellent poem, Frances! Emotive and powerful...Sad and humorous. Great job, my dear...but please!! Don't ever compare yourself with Margaret Thatcher!! I don't like that Lady. : ) Ruben.