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Eve's Rib

The rib of Eve is fashion's price
A sadistic trap of six-inch heels
Some masochist's torture device

Or for added bust appeal
To wrap the torso so austere
And lift upon bands of steel

The French grandly name the brassiere
Paris, an exacting Madame
Wielding her whip of sharp cashmere

No slouching, suck in that diaphragm!
A lady glides on blistered feet
Starved to belong, sweet tooth be damned

No sweat allowed in any heat
Only single digit sizes impress
Shunning all those more than petite

Sisters, what happened to progress?
Our feminist freedoms manifold
We deserve to be a mess!

Gray is lovelier than gold...

4/12/19

For Quirky Tercets contest
Sponsor: Nina Parmenter




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Date: 5/15/2019 5:00:00 PM
But I like my girl in 5 inch stilettos. Grooowl
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Michelle Faulkner
Date: 5/15/2019 11:07:00 PM
I doubt if you'd still like them if you were the one wearing them :)
Date: 5/7/2019 6:16:00 PM
Hello Michelle Faulkner, a beautifully written deep poem. i enjoyed this poem. have a nice evening my friend.
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Michelle Faulkner
Date: 5/15/2019 11:08:00 PM
Thank you for your kind comment, Darlene-
Date: 5/3/2019 6:51:00 PM
oh so witty Michelle, I rarely wear heels these days so hubby was delighted when I took some on a recently holiday and shock horror I wore 3 dresses too which is a rarity and I'm back to jeans again lol:-) I'm lucky I've never had weight issues but admit to hitting the bottle - hair dye that is lol:-) hugs Jan xx
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Michelle Faulkner
Date: 5/9/2019 4:12:00 PM
True, my husband likes it when I dress up a bit, but high heels - never!
Date: 5/3/2019 4:25:00 PM
I love this. LOVE it. You’ll see that the HMs in this contest are a group of wonderful poems which didn’t quite hit the metre requirements but were nonetheless awesome. I am so in agreement with this poem - actually I never wear heels these days, just hate them. Chucked them during my pregnancies and never went back. And as for single digit figures, well not getting there. Going to enjoy my life instead!
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Michelle Faulkner
Date: 5/9/2019 4:11:00 PM
Yes, its all about enjoying life and not trying to into someone else's image of you!
Date: 5/1/2019 10:38:00 AM
True True True! You painted a clear picture with your words and made my feet hurt just reading this! :)
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Michelle Faulkner
Date: 5/1/2019 5:40:00 PM
I know, high heels always reminded me of a torture device, thanks for your comment, P.S!
Date: 4/28/2019 5:55:00 PM
Love the imagery and fantastic last two lines!
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Michelle Faulkner
Date: 5/1/2019 5:40:00 PM
So glad you enjoyed it, Kim!
Date: 4/22/2019 10:32:00 AM
Time someone wrote a poem like this Michelle - awesome poem - one's size of dress, bra, or choice of shoes should have no effect on, or affect any girl/woman - but sadly the media has influenced a vast majority of our fashions! Each and every one of us girls are unique - we should enjoy our uniqueness! Thoroughly enjoyed Michelle - great write. Poetry hugs, Jennifer.
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Michelle Faulkner
Date: 4/22/2019 7:57:00 PM
Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment, Jennifer!
Date: 4/17/2019 11:51:00 PM
"We deserve to be a mess!" = My new mantra! ;D hahahaha LOVE and FAV this!! Wonderful work, my friend! ;)
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Michelle Faulkner
Date: 4/18/2019 10:50:00 AM
Yes that was my favorite line too, thank you, Rhona!
Date: 4/15/2019 8:26:00 PM
Oh, I love this; you're so right...we need to stick together.
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Michelle Faulkner
Date: 4/16/2019 7:54:00 AM
So true, my sister!
Date: 4/14/2019 3:51:00 PM
This is the first of this type of poetry I've read (clear through) and I think you have a winner here. It may be partly because I like thinking about bras, but I can't seem to help it!! Anyway well done my friend!!!................pat
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Michelle Faulkner
Date: 4/14/2019 6:12:00 PM
Glad you like it, Pat!
Date: 4/13/2019 11:28:00 PM
Slavery takes many forms. Such women are slaves to the priests of high fashion. If we ignore them, they won't go away, but at least they won't bother us... Nicely done, Michelle! :) gw
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Michelle Faulkner
Date: 4/14/2019 6:09:00 PM
Very thought-provoking, Gershon, well put!
Date: 4/13/2019 8:28:00 PM
An impressive poem , Michelle There is such a thing as unassuming beauty,
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Michelle Faulkner
Date: 4/14/2019 6:06:00 PM
Thank you for your comment, Ralph, appreciate it-
Date: 4/13/2019 12:22:00 PM
Now this is better than quirky. This is gold and Nina should love it!! There is a quite the movement now to accept all sizes. have you seen Project Runway lately? They are showing models of plus sizes!
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Michelle Faulkner
Date: 4/13/2019 5:03:00 PM
No I don't watch that one, but I'm glad they're showing more diversity!
Date: 4/13/2019 5:08:00 AM
lol, "we deserve to be a mess" and that liberty I do take whenever I feel like it, but I also like to doll myself up once in a while. Dear Michelle, you made my morning happy, Have a wonderful day , (smile) its gonna be a good one I can feel it.
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Michelle Faulkner
Date: 4/13/2019 5:03:00 PM
Glad to hear it, thanks, Pixie Dust!
Date: 4/12/2019 7:20:00 PM
You deal with an important topic. My wife runs an eating disorder program for the Mental Health Centre. Women’s expectations are near impossible to achieve. I have yet to meet a woman who is full satisfied with the way she looks. Interestingly the women men are attracted to rarely look the way women think they should.
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Michelle Faulkner
Date: 4/13/2019 5:02:00 PM
Thank you for your thoughtful comment, Richard-
Date: 4/12/2019 2:25:00 PM
One thing I love about Reservation women is the lack of bras and other feminine accoutrements and cosmetics. But I shall always remember mother's anguish over her "Crow feet" (eye wrinkles) which I found beautiful because they advertised how easily she laughed. Good Luck, Michelle! Aloha! Rico
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Son of Spock
Date: 5/15/2019 4:58:00 PM
Riiiiiiicola!
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Michelle Faulkner
Date: 4/13/2019 5:02:00 PM
That's why they're called 'laugh lines' - thanks, Rico!
Date: 4/12/2019 1:29:00 PM
Awesomeness!!! Love that last line ;D So good. Good luck in the contest! xomo
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Michelle Faulkner
Date: 4/12/2019 1:42:00 PM
Thanks, Maureen!