Today's poem is by Jeannine Hall Gailey

Advice Given to Me Before My Wedding

Better to be the lover than the beloved, you'll have passion.
Better to be the beloved, a sure thing, a lifetime of that.

He is more beautiful but you,
you have more power. Which is to say,

you are just like your brother. Lift your eyes
and people do what you say. Who knows why.

Men are like breakfast cereal. You have to pick one.
Fish in the sea, a dime a dozen. They are singing for you, now.

Keep your own bank account. Keep working.
Give him a blowjob, and he'll volunteer to take out the trash.

You are mine, says the beloved, and I am yours.
Whither you go I will go. Honey and milk are under her tongue.

Cancer and Taurus, very compatible.
You're the hard-charger, he's the homemaker.

Don't stop wearing lipstick. Don't put on any weight.
Don't buy the dress too soon. If you go on the pill, your breasts will swell.

One day you might regret. You might do better.
You could do worse. One man's as good as another.

Copyright © 2011 Jeannine Hall Gailey All rights reserved
from She Returns to the Floating World
Kitsune Books
Reprinted by Verse Daily® with permission

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