The Disease to Please
written by: J.Ahlberg
Listen to me; I’m old and unwise,
A victim of your love; you cared
Because I looked a certain way,
The Queen of Women’s Workout
Food regurgitated; tape on loop
Sex kitten; all men Smitten
Millions of dollars; three husbands
Years of regret that –
I wasn’t a better parent
Or feminist. You’re worth it.
I was Fonda(d) to believe
That no meant yes,
Before the women’s movement
Bought the copyright
To the premier ‘No means No’.
Wait til you get to the ‘f—you fifties.’
Be braver and feistier
With a fresh new face
Don’t laugh; can’t laugh
Ageism is alive.
The surgeon couldn’t reconstruct feminism
And mold it from my mouth into my DNA
It’s malignant –
The disease to please.
NOVEMBER 2018 AUTHOR OF THE MONTH at Spillwords.com
Jo is an academic researcher in the philosophy of Imagination. She has several jobs which include: university lecturer in philosophy, GCSE English teacher and a "jobbing" writer - writing commissions from multimillion pound international bids to annoying cliched flyers. In her spare time, she is walked by the dog, organised by the kids and validated by her husband.
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