the training of women

and we train ourselves
to be positive
and to smile our
sexy half-contented no-teeth-showing smiles
with just the hint of suggestion
that happiness would lurk
behind them
woman are supposed
to put the proper
before the passionate
and not to betray
not to every betray anyone
but ourselves

and when that one
that one bright and brilliant
that one once-in-a-lifetime
fights his way violently
into our shells
we are supposed
to put the proper
before the passionate
and the other
before ourselves
and smile our
sexy half-contented almost-whimsical
should-have-been-easier smiles
and wait quietly for another
bright and brilliant
once-in-a-lifetime
never-come-again love