There’s no age bar on titivating hair,
Apart from putting rouge on wrinkled cheek.
A Speaker has the right to looking fair,
And prune her brunette hair once in a week.

Pandemics come and go, but beauty stays.
At eighty, beauty makes a second wave
When handsome youngsters leer at granny’s ways,
And to impress her get a cleaner shave.

Though she may ask us all to wear a mask,
It must not hide her young and rosy lips,
Or smudge her makeup if she wants to bask
In TV lights with hair like fresh tulips.

She can do nothing wrong, she is the queen
(Of two-faced bitches who are shrewd and mean.)



Sarban Bhattacharya is a 22-year-old poet and classicist currently pursuing a master’s degree in English literature.

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5 Responses

  1. Joseph S. Salemi

    It’s a brilliant closing couplet, and I hope it indicates a trend of us getting a lot tougher in our versifying rhetoric here.

  2. Margaret Coats

    The couplet is not only tough, but masterfully constructed. It’s a single sentence, though for full effect we need to stop and look at the queen–before Sarban moves in for the kill. The parenthesis is the strongest punctuation that will make that pause. I also like the pun on “tulips,” where the meter would tell us to say “two lips.” It is quite a feat to turn that apparent metrical flaw into a second shot (a suggestive one) at vanity.

  3. Ben Colder

    I like it.San Fran Nan the nazi bitch wanted her hair done with out a hitch but the country said we don’t want to do this witch so San Fran Nan the nazi bitch had to tie on her mask with a half hitch.


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