Hidden Persuader

Come all the way from George Washington University

she is not even especially striking—Western women

have been so badly de-feminised.  This one is somewhat

flat-chested, with commonplace features, freckles,

and a straight, masculine gait.  Yet, in the middle of

her learned paper, without explanation or warning,

she suddenly flashes a smooth, white leg through

the slit in her long cotton dress, while she speaks

seriously about cultural creativity and social

transformation.  It's that bold, bare leg,

visible only to those who're more attentive

to the subtext, that's more eloquent and vocal

than anything she actually says.  The real seminar

happens underneath the table and hits you below the belt.

Back to Selected Poems from Partial Disclosure

  Copyright © 2005 - Makarand Paranjape