This poem was prompted by Jamie Dedes at The Poet by Day. Her directive: How gullible we humans can be. Tell us about that. In what ways are we “Chumped. Stumped. Petrified.”
I learned in the back seats of cars
The alcoves of bars
How to please
And how to tease.
I learned at the department store
How to dress to settle the score.
And underneath, my angel side
Learned how to cause a great divide.
A push, a pinch, a tug, a spin
Put pain to the side; upfront, just grin.
I learned my worth, a ratio
Of tits and ass and let it go.
And when you think the game is done,
You spy your girls and know they’ve won.
Those weren’t lessons, they were deceit.
I was fooled, their greatest feat.
Should I just acquiescent to my defeat?
Oh hell no.