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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...


For Quirky Tercets contest
Sponsor: Nina Parmenter

Copyright © Michelle Faulkner | Year Posted 2019


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  1. 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! ;)
  1. Date: 4/15/2019 8:26:00 PM

    Oh, I love this; you're so right...we need to stick together.
  1. 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
  1. 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
  1. Date: 4/13/2019 8:28:00 PM

    An impressive poem , Michelle There is such a thing as unassuming beauty,
  1. 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!
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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
  1. Date: 4/12/2019 1:29:00 PM

    Awesomeness!!! Love that last line ;D So good. Good luck in the contest! xomo