Poetic License: ‘Feminine Endings’
A female villain is not a villanelle,
A lady crook is not a crookette
Nor infant girl a Baby Belle.
Suffixes suffer from ERA spell,
Feminine endings no longer correct –
A female villain is not a villanelle.
In poetry and music, the syllable
At end of line is better off stressed –
Change Isabella to Isabel.
There’s “trix” and “ine” and “ess” as well,
But “big fat momma” was never “largess”
Nor female villain villanelle.
Hosts, actors, heroes – who can tell
Since gender changed to unisex
And Ma broke up with Baby Bell.
“Bring back the macho,” chauvinists yell,
“Poetess, not poet or poetette!
Let villainess labor with villanelle
While giving birth to poems on Sanibel”