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On Growing Up (Gracious, Like a Lady)

Updated on July 16, 2010

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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    • Hound Cat profile image

      Hound Cat 6 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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      Moneylady 7 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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      surfeitt 7 years ago

      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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      Jewels 7 years ago from Australia

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