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Cynical Baby Downtown

by Nancy Ames

"Soothing voices are announcing,
cynical baby downtown,
another suppression of hope,
a day of compulsory dancing,
cynical baby downtown,
and subliminal sex, guns and dope.

The mistress of rude assumptions,
cynical baby downtown,
is trying to give us a clue,
displaying the bodily functions,
cynical baby downtown,
of what I might mean to you.

Old men are showing photographs,
cynical baby downtown,
of some of the targets we hit;
I guess the animal that laughs,
cynical baby downtown,
has had a testosterone fit.

And the party went ballistic,
cynical baby downtown,
but no one was to blame;
it was your explosive lipstick,
cynical baby downtown,
that had just spoken my name."


Author's Note: This is a poem about romance today - the 'cynical baby downtown' refrain is intended to be ominous and percussive. (This poem is in quotations to show that the speaker is someone other than the writer.)

Posted on 01/18/2008
Copyright © 2022 Nancy Ames

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Gabriel Ricard on 01/18/08 at 03:06 AM

Please tell me this is going to be a song, because I can very easily see it going down like that.

Posted by Anne Boulender on 01/21/08 at 09:23 PM

Yeah, I can see this as a song too. I've actually been saying "Cynical Baby Downtown" to myself since I first read this. Its pretty catchy. The rhyme schemes are really clever and unexpected too. I also like "aqarius in aquarium" quite a bit too.

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