On Growing Up (Gracious, Like a Lady)

A Poem About Adolescence and the Mounting Pressure it Brings -

Pressure to Conform, Pressure to Abide, Pressure to Collapse One's Inner Self In Order to Please and In Order Not to Create Any Shock Waves - (Pressure Brought On By Being Institutionalized in a Private Girls' School.)


Living

Gracious like a lady

Actions gracious

(Like a lady)

Emotions gracious

Like

A lady

Speech

(gracious like a lady)

You know where you

(will) stand

Practice becomes habit.




Living

Gracious like a lady

Actions gracious

(Like a lady)

Emotions gracious

Like

A lady

Speech

(gracious like a lady)

You know where you

(will) stand

Practice becomes habit.




Living

Gracious like a lady

Actions gracious

(Like a lady)

Emotions gracious

Like

A lady

Speech

(gracious like a lady)

You know where you

(will) stand

Practice becomes habit.




Living

Gracious like a lady

Actions gracious

(Like a lady)

Emotions gracious

Like

A lady

Speech

(gracious like a lady)

You know where you

(will) stand

Practice becomes habit.




Living

Gracious like a lady

Actions gracious

(Like a lady)

Emotions gracious

Like

A lady

Speech

(gracious like a lady)

You know where you

(will) stand

Practice becomes habit.

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Jewels 6 years ago from Australia

I'm not gracious like a lady. Conforming is not a strong point with me. I could relate.


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surfeitt 6 years ago Author

Hi Jewels, thank you, I am relieved to have my sentiments shared. Glad you didn't buckle in to the pressure to conform. Surfeitt


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Moneylady 6 years ago from Texas

We were just talking about this at work yesterday, how it was growing up ... Sit like a lady ... Talk like a lady ... Act like a lady .... I guess that is why I was a 'Tom Boy'!


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Hound Cat 5 years ago from Los Angeles area of Southern California USA

I love the theme of your poem. Thought I would give you a sample poem of mine with a similar view.

Status Quo

Trouble awaits those

who dare to defy social norms

They face the ire of the amoral majority

These people want to control you

They despise people who live differently

Their goal is a community of automatons

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