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All The Little Jokes

“Well I think it’s funny,

all these women

crying about men

calling them sweetheart.”


It’s never really meant

in that way

when he takes you by the hips,

shouts above the music,

and introduces himself

with a comment on your form.


It’s all banter,

the older man on the phone

asking for one of the guys

who’ll understand better

than the girl who called

because that’s her job.


It’s just a joke,

boys being boys,

when they hold you

in a corner,

and pretend for fun

while everyone laughs.


It’s just a little thing,

on a little thing,

on a little thing,

on a little thing,

that leaves a big thing

missing inside of me.

Written in response to Mindlovmisery’s Menagerie Friday First Line “Well I think it’s funny…”

This entry was posted in: Poetry


Carol J Forrester is a writer and a history geek. Her debut collection 'It's All In The Blood' came out November 2019. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University, enjoys judo at least twice a week, and tries to attend poetry events around the Midlands when she can. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry. Her poems ‘Sunsets’ and ‘Clear Out‘ were featured on Eyes Plus Words, and two of her poems were included in the DVerse Poets Pub Publication ‘Chiaroscuro’ which is available for purchase on amazon.Her poem ‘Until The Light Gets In‘ was accepted and published at The Drabble and her poem ‘Newborn’ was published by Ink Sweat & Tears. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and has hosted a number of guest bloggers on her site Writing and Works.


    • Unfortunately each stanza is pulled from a different personal experience. Not all those times were dismissed but more often or not they have been and more importantly I’ve kept finding stanzas to add. Thank for reading Diane, I’m glad the piece worked in the way it was intended.

      • I think most women can relate. I certainly could especially as a young woman, and we still see it played out every day, even on the national stage.

        • I know, and it can get laughed off by those who think we’re over-sensitive, when really it’s just about being treated with a basic level of respect and dignity that should be afforded to any human.

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