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so much for chivalry

i see blackness with a ball of white in the center
it rolls and swirls and thins like fog
i see a white car turning in that fog
an ambulance
it is 1962
i feel the rage
i am uncomfortable
i am held only by efficient arms
mother is asleep and father is gone
he has chosen to wait it out in the bar
mother will sleep a lot
during the day she will sleep walk
and as often as not
father will run to the bar
i will not be the attraction
i promised to be
i feel the rage at being left out in the cold
one day i will forget how to be bold
boldness is rewarded
with the back of the hand,
the back of the hand that waits in the bar
afraid to let any dissension get very far
i am only expressing a trait
he passed down to me
but he just sees it as a character flaw
well, well, so much for chivalry

so much for chivalry

greeneyedlady

Amarillo, United States

Artist's Description

chivalry: The ethical code of the knight prevalent in Medieval Europe, having such primary virtues as mercy towards the poor and oppressed, humility, honor, sacrifice, fear of God, faithfulness, courage and utmost graciousness and courtesy to ladies.

Artwork Comments

  • Lyndy
  • greeneyedlady
  • Cynthia Lund Torroll
  • greeneyedlady
  • Arcadia Tempest
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  • Zolton

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