Madam Desiree

Madam Desiree,
Children tugging at your skirt.
Did you know ignoring them really hurts?
And while she's lying on the bed.
She's listening to all the voices in her head.

Not born in Amerika;
So who pays the rent?
It's an expense the State observes.
Even more than she deserve!

Thursday afternoon she dresses like a nun.
Friday evening she thinks salvation has been won.
Saturday morning she throws off the hijab.
And she thinks she's done her job.

Madam Desiree,
Another stranger at your breast.
Wonder how many more are left?
Sees herself as a desired one,
But all her mirrors are long gone.

Says she's an Albanian snob.
She's Roma! Her ancestors are from Punjab.
Not born in Amerika,
She thinks herself better than any Ericka.

Madam Desiree,
Children tugging at your skirt
Did you know ignoring them really hurts?
And while she's lying on the bed.
She's listening to all the voices in her head.
Another stranger at her breast.
Wonder how many more are left?
Sees herself as a desired one,
But all her mirrors are long gone.
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Portrait: Studio of Anne-Louis Girodet de Roussy-Trioson
Portrait "de Madame de Prony"
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