Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, TO A FLAPPER, by BERTON BRALEY

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TO A FLAPPER, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: They make a lot of fuss about
Last Line: And not as bad as you are painted.
Subject(s): Youth

They make a lot of fuss about
Girls of the Younger Generation,
Declaring that, beyond a doubt,
They're doomed to something like damnation.
Because they like to dance to jazz,
Because they dress in manner scanty
Each flapper, say her critics, has
The status of a bold bacchante.

Well, maybe so, but somehow you,
Oh, débutante so blithe and breezy,
Could beat the girl of 1902
At any game, and do it easy.
You do not pinch your girlish waist,
Your mind and body have more freedom,
If knockers knock you in their haste
I don't think you need always heed 'em.

Still (I will merely whisper it
Above my breath, and scarcely louder),
I think you really must admit
You put on too much rouge and powder.
It gets you much misunderstood,
For though you're not exactly sainted
We know you're really pretty good
And not as bad as you are painted.

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