lotus-foot of the west,
iron maiden of her sex,
pseudo chastity belt.
On a clothesline they present
the lower half of her
that kicks and screams in mime.
These are the blood constrictors.
Some come in plastic egg shells;
The contortions she goes through
to smooth her legs like silk,
wrestling these tubes
as her grandmother wrestled a corset;
bone-stiffened corset, ribbed
with the mouth parts of baleen whales.
Prescripted unnatural fibers
of viscous chemical milk,
strong and similar to
steel belted radial tires;
market-wise; programmed, of course,
to self-destruct, unknit, ravel.