JOHN HORVATH jr
Virgin on the John
virgin sitting on the john
cries at the bedroom brute
waiting in his penguin suit
sometimes marriage is escape
and sometimes wedding is a wrong
committed to prove to mom and dad
an independent streak, a strong
affection, desire for a private life--
what has she gotten into now?
what does it take to be a wife?
how much surrender of the will
how many times each month
can be enough--and still
she goes through with it,
marches like a lamb to slaughter,
is given like a scapegoat 'fore
the Lord; her family--abandoned--witnesses
and no one says, 'all this and his mistresses,
his Monday football night, his poker night,
his lonesome cock some night wanting rub
after his Friday flings among his friends,
drunk bastard on his way home at home
with her with her with HER and with who else
he surrenders loneliness and promises
that unto death, though poverty and all of that
and what of her? and what of spreading womb?
And what of this bathroom like a porcelain tomb?
Her mother never told her none of that.
She must come out in order to begin
the life she's promised for herself eternal
in its bound as ban has promised both:
some singles leave that life for only love.
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