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A Rose by any other name..

They stood chatting in the car park
Blocking everybody's way out;
I spoke to them ever so politely
For I'm not one to stand and shout.
Excuse me please ladies,
But I really do need to go,
Could you please let me past?
One of them said firmly no.

This is a private conversation
And you can just sit and wait
Because you called me a lady
And that I really really hate.
I'm a woman not a lady.
A woman, understand.
And then she dismissed me
By casual gesture of the hand.

I said I'm sorry madam, missus, woman
I really didn't mean to offend you
But I really really do need to leave
Be you human or camel or gnu.
You could have cut the silence
With a blunted bread knife;
I stood a little in fear
Of maybe losing my life.

She looked me up and down,
Unsure what to say,
Bade good bye to the other
And quickly drove away.
I breathed a sigh of relief,
God bless the weaker sex,
And heaven help the man
Who goes and gets one vexed.

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