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Judith Sanders: The Rubber Woman

Hello.  I am the Rubber Woman.
Throw me off a cliff 
and watch me bounce.
Make love to me clumsy 
and I still smile my rubber smile.
Make a mistake and I erase it
with my rubber tongue.
I am a fantastic dancing partner.
I can bend over backward.
You can step on my toes.
If you twist my arm or pull my leg,
if you wring my neck and my head falls off,
just rubber cement me back together.
Or pick up a replacement 
at your local hardware store.
 
Hello.  I am your Rubber Woman.
I have a thousand uses:  
crash dummy, sex toy, punching bag, life raft.
My arm’s a plunger, my lap a laundry basket,
my breasts baby bottles, my hairdo an umbrella,
and I never need ironing.  
Drag me through the mud,
hose me off, and I’m as good as new,
ready to bop down the street 
in my perky rubber dress, 
never a hair out of place.
 
Hello.  I am a Rubber Woman.
Please check the battery
on my built-in smoke detector,
as I can burn.  

Copyright 2021 Judith Sanders

3 comments on “Judith Sanders: The Rubber Woman

  1. stitchedinstone
    March 9, 2021

    Is this poem being anthropomorphic accidentally? Is the poet literally competing with a blow up doll? Has she been reading the backwards sci-fi of Ray Bradbury? S’up?

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vox Populi
      March 9, 2021

      As I read the poem, it is a series of metaphors for what it means to be a woman in our society.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Barbara Huntington
    March 6, 2021

    Oh this one’s good! 😉

    Liked by 1 person

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