Elizabeth Edwards, A Shame To Cry Over

to find a lump on her breast
and not let her husband know
or do anything about it
until his presidential campaign
was over
to late for surgery
how did it get into any female human brain
to play roulette with their own life so as
not to jeopardize a husband’s ambition?

May we all hang our heads and cry
over the shame of the Western mind’s obsession
with human female mammary glands
that motivates young and not so young women
to submit to a surgical knife
for bigger and bouncier breasts
which only attracts
grownup baby boys
orally fixated.