Woman’s Pantoum

The pantoum is a poem of any length, composed of four-line stanzas in which the second and fourth lines of each stanza serve as the first and third lines of the next stanza. black-and-white-girl-mirror-pretty-Favim.com-2321405


They say a woman should cover her grey

in order to appear more youthful.

She should plump what’s too thin

and fill in the lines.


In order to appear more youthful

a woman of forty should dress like she’s thirty

and fill in the lines

with thinned ideas of beauty.


A woman of thirty should look like she’s twenty.

Youth is prized in magazines

with thinned ideas of beauty

spreading lies of a woman’s worth.


Thin is prized in magazines.

Size two doesn’t leave room

for the spreading lies of a girl

who sees worthlessness in the mirror.


Size two doesn’t leave room

for the weight of deception

seen as worthlessness in the mirror

by the beautiful girl disguised.


For the weight of deception

can only be lifted

by the older woman disguised

as someone she is not.


 © 2015, Ellen Rowland






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