Barbie Works on Her Communication Skills
To Sarah Strype and Lily Pigott for Truth Be Told, 
their Barbie-inspired Ensemble show (Guelph University, 2016)

"You can’t play chess in a cesspool, 
                      there’s never enough light,                  duh!"

"No, you wouldn’t date Madonna 
                                     Ciccone.                      She has bad teeth!"

"You shouldn’t eat after 6 pm unless your bathroom scale 
                      is a copper fall leaf carefully pressed 
                                     in an encyclopedic            dictionary."

She’d like to also work on her smile
                              but it’s been previously  
                                     frozen          like smoked salmon.

© Diana Manole