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Wednesday, February 15, 2006


This little girl was under-aged
and felt as though she was thoroughly caged-
in by society's moral gauge,
or so her parents' claimed in their middle age,
that little girls mustn't rage--
at least not until they come of age.

She knew though that her chronological age
didn't quite match her emotional stage,
not that this was enough to assuage
the burning rage engaged
within her heart poured onto her diary page.
"Fight," the one word on the title page,
followed by a lengthy plan to upstage
her feeble parents in their middle age,
who earned a trifle in minimum wage.

Her plan was to solicit the wild sage
who lived behind a theater stage
and profited thus from burning rage...
or so the ad said on the yellow page.
"No worries," his tone assuaged,
"I'll help you find the courage to upstage
your parents who seem stuck in the victorian age."

In cover of night they met backstage.
"Oh my," thought the sage,
"This girl indeed doesn't look her age!"
Before he knew it, someone was ravaged,
though which of the two was the savage
was hard to tell for he was wild and she was enraged.
In the end, all that mattered was that
in deed and thought and language,
there's no more denying that she's come of age.
And all her rage assuaged.

©2006 b.cisek

assuage (v. i.): To abate or subside; (v. t.): To soften, in a figurative sense; to allay, mitigate, ease, or lessen, as heat, pain, or grief; to appease or pacify, as passion or tumult; to satisfy, as appetite or desire.
definition taken from The Online Plain Text English Dictionary


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