Chris Jibero

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All Women Are Beautiful (For Nancy) - Poem by Chris Jibero

I know not a dowdy
And never will know any
Because none exists where I live
Where I work
And where I go

But if you know a dowdy
Or have seen any
Be rest assured that the grease
Clinging onto that polished marble
Is yet mopable
Being just a fickle stain
That can’t retire a great fabric prematurely

Stunning transformations have I witnessed
On beauties hastily tagged dowdies
By undiscerning infantile minds
Therefore, mark every seeming ugliness
That stares you in the face now
For it is a colossal coward
That melts quicker than butter
Grasping a frying pan
In a biting winter
When placed over a blazing gas burner

It also evaporates as a handful of water
Poured into a thirsty kettle
Placed atop a fiery stove
Whenever disposable cash steps in
To clean up
A queen muddled up
By the dehumanising hands of lack.

(c) Chris Jibero.

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, April 11, 2013

Poem Edited: Tuesday, October 8, 2013

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