The Suitor
by Tony Huston

'It is now considered
An aggressive act
To send a woman flowers'—
That's like hearing
A garden complain
Because of April showers.

It is increasingly
Clear to me
That I do not belong
In a world where
You offend a girl
By writing her a song.

Heaven forbid
You should stand up
And offer her your seat;
With no difference
Between the sexes
Chivalry is obsolete.

I was tempted
To ask you if
You'd like to have a date,
But I've been told
To be so bold
Is tantamount to rape.

I fear that I
May have to leave
For some foreign land
Where W0MAN still
Can be revered
By an old gentleman.


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