Saturday, July 3, 2010

afternoon musings of a bounder

by horace p sternwall

pictures by rhoda penmarq









there are things about being a cad
some are good, some bad
many over rated
others underappreciated




but being fought over in public
by lovely women is a subject
not sufficiently rendered, i'm sure
in classic literature

heroines of ancient romances
were limited to demure glances
and did not exert their tender muscles
in interfeminine tussles





as objects of manly competition
they respected a tradition
where the brave deserved the fair
and carried her unresisting to his lair

but in this new world of confusion
metamorphosis and illusion
with the old ways discarded and mocked
and babes in arms immune to shock






the fluttering eyelid is no more
the maid steps boldly to the fore
in darkest midnight or broadest day
and seizes on her startled prey







heedless of any scandaled glance
and giving decency no chance
astounds the assembled audience
by insisting on her preference









this modern maiden, in her glory
rewriting the poet's ancient story
"has pleasures of her own to give"
who've never known them, have not lived





4 comments:

Jason Gusmann said...

again, wonderful

Dan Leo said...

Horace is the man.

kathleenmaher said...

Dueling maidens! How does one get into this cad business?

human being said...

really liked this... read it several times... each time from a different viewpoint... once i was a man... once a woman... once i was traditional... once modern... once a poet... once a sociologist... once a psychologist... once just a human being...

and each time... i found it a great work... depicting man's soul very sincerely...

i'm not quite for everything modern... but i always think about the things in the traditional way of thinking that called for a change... here this is the dominant force again... what things were ignored about the women in the traditional approach that lead them to the modern way of life? and sure there will be another change in store for the modern women...

in this way, we can always find a balance... as the last stanza suggests...


really thoughtprovoking work!
loved it!

what a pity i couldn't see the pics...