by horace p sternwall
pictures by rhoda penmarq
there are things about being a cad
some are good, some bad
many over rated
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
Horace is the man.
Dueling maidens! How does one get into this cad business?
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!
what a pity i couldn't see the pics...
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