Madam Giselle
feminine, Literature, poetry, satire

Madam Giselle’s Pride

“Makeupum Divina lipstickum 

Hail Oh, scentum , perfumee lios

Goddess Stilettum que sara sara”

Madam Giselle woke up to one glorious afternoon,

and damn those long-long lashes stretching little

over than the river Nile. Sparkling stilettos towering 

way above the heights of the leaning Towers of Pisa!

Having Insight 24 inches waist Madam stretched her back,

skillfully squeezed her belly to adorn golden Victorian 

corset, but it wasn’t to be easy for Gods have conspired and

were hell bent to bring down the penniless heiress from the

25 floor Ivory Castle.

As madam painted her face white with crushed powders of

corals from the far-off Gulfs in the fashions of Japanese Geisha

Fluttered fake lashes, ostentatious snobbish smiles extending

little more than her chiseled jaws, heavily armored with

 French powder and perfumes.

All the effort to slay any man who dare to passed by, hurriedly made

her way through the narrow allies of apartment suit in a

perpendicular fashion to avoid crushing her precious creases.

Oh so much pride, such high vanity, but she is indeed a beauty!

Tragedy fell upon! A loud thunder as heavens roared

heels cracked the sparkling Stilettos fell apart before her careful

gaze giving way to the bare ankles. It was to be the

first omen,

Acrimonious beings floating  fluttering in air laughing,

giggling; a loud thunder & descended million unwelcome

tiny crystal droplets, soaking the kohl smudged eyes

cascading into pools of black waters….

“Why it had to happen to me” ,cried Madam Giselle

Was my crime to be in vain or was it just a naive disdain?

For tell me folks is
little pride bad for a woman of my type? 

41 thoughts on “Madam Giselle’s Pride”

  1. Another hilarious comic poem, Tanya.

    Absolutely love the Latin sounding magic spell with which it opened.

    Sort of a melodramatic style 17th Century English sonnet meets 19th Century Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear where the narration of the poem is told from a female perspective.

    1. Spot on, I’ve always enjoyed mock-heroic poems and feel happy when I can pen! It’s interesting, exaggerated and grandiose. Thanks a lot for your kind insight I truly appreciate it, and is very encouraging 🙏

    1. Thanks a dear, I’m glad you enjoyed it, truly appreciate it. Hope you are doing fine!

    1. Thanks Ramyani for your very kind words, it was my attempt to dabble in humor and satire and of-course hidden with feminist undertones! I’m glad my words resonated with you, it was fun to write as well 🙂

  2. Wonderfully written, Tanya! So witty! I like how you recreate the Victorian atmosphere and how you describe Madame Giselle’s clothes, her little actions while she is getting dressed and puts on her make-up, how the storm comes, etc. I love the Latin mockery in the beginning. Everything is so exaggerated, a humorous melodrama. This poem also reminds me of Lewis Carroll’s poems in The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland and in its sequel, Through the Looking Glass. Both are some of my favorite books. I think there is a little typo in the 4th stanza, 1st line:

    “All the effort to slay any man who dare to passed by, hurriedly made”

    Shouldn’t it be: who dare to pass by?

    I like this double rhyme:

    “Was my crime to be in vain or was it just a naive disdain?”

    1. Martha’s thanks a lot for your astute readings of my poems, only a teacher can do that! I’ve always enjoyed humor, it just warms my heart. You are right about Lewis Carol’s poem sand Through the Looking Glass is my fav too! I’ve been inspired by seventeen century tradition of mock-heroic and lampoon writings! Satire and wit are two very weapons that writers can use in the contemporary stifling political atmosphere!
      Thanks for the typo, when I read it myself I felt something is missing, I’m going to correct it now! Truly appreciate your insight 🙂

      1. I know it is Marta it’s stupid artificial intelligence in my iPhone, it keep typing Martha coz it’s common name here! Yes I’m a English language teacher ( literature) just like you 🙂

      2. I don’t teach literature in my high school, just German language to beginner students and a bit of English in a civic center (only once a week with intermediate-advanced students where I can do a bit of literature). Where do you teach? High school? College? Country?

      3. I used to teach in a High School, now on sabbatical after my daughter’s birth last to last year now will start working again in sometime as she will start going to play school 🙂 I am in US

      4. I thought you were in an American High School, but where exactly? I live and work in a town very close to Barcelona. English is my third language and German my fourth.

    1. Thanks a lot Dave for your insight, coming from an astute reader like you it means a lot! I’ve always enjoyed mock-epic and lampoon writings. I’m especially inspired by Lewis Carol, Daniel Defoe and Alexander Macqueen … such extensive use of wit and satire in their writings and so politically disguised:) I tried to do a same here and really enjoyed while writing it 🙂

    1. Shantanu I’m glad you enjoyed the humor and wit in it! As you know I enjoy sharp wit and sarcasm hence penned it the fashion of mock-epic and highly exaggerated verse! I wanted readers to have some fun😜

      1. Thanks Bill, I just published a poem on food, and I was thinking of your love of food 🥘

  3. Vanity, thy name is Madam Giselle,
    but what the hell is this “lipstickum”?
    I searched the internet and could only
    come up with the Dutch ‘Lippenstift’,
    and the Brazilian ‘Batom’? I guess a
    google translator will only get you so
    far. Que sarà sarà! 😎

    1. Yes Madam Giselle is full of vanity. “ Lipstickum” is coined by me on mock epic lines. I decided not to take google’s help and instead create my own mock- Latin words lol 😂. Thanks for stopping by David truly appreciate it, have a good one!

    1. 🤪🤪 it seems pseudo German, but what does it mean? Hey Lewis Carroll used to invent his own words!
      David I feel, that both with Latin and German, it’s easier to make mock-words than learning the language 😱

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