(for Mrs. Amador)
Oh, poor Marissa hasn’t exercised!
She’s worried that she almost weighs a ton.
I think at last it’s time she realized
She’s never in her life looked 21.
Self-deprecation may at times be fun,
My dear – but it is also tedious
To those who, under an oppressive sun,
Are mortal and are burdened and are thus
Facing conditions you need never fuss
About. If your looks suffer, they are still
Arresting to an ordinary cuss
Who only has his anguish to fulfill.
Those the gods favor never have to do
An exercise. It’s clear they favor you.