Cuteness vs. Astuteness


If I had to choose between a face full of cuteness
and what Veblen called the physiognomy of astuteness
I’d opt in a minute for the upraised eyebrow
arching hairwards as high as the eye goes.

A woman endowed with a skeptical look
is an enigmatic and inscrutable thing
while the merely cute “gal” is an open book
who makes sure you hear her catgut heart strings.

No, give me the moll with the look of dubiety
not the doll who’s preferred by all of society;
the lady who looks with a wild surmise–
by her gaze she conveys you’re the booby prize.

There’s no greater reward than the plaudients
you get from a tough female audience;
your every thrust is deftly parried
by a woman resembling the one I married.

8 thoughts on “Cuteness vs. Astuteness

  1. Yes, I look at it on a desktop. It’s not a website, just a blog. I have a separate website,, which this feeds into. I get my stories by writing them–material here is original fiction.

      • Don’t know as I’m traveling and responding by BlackBerry. In the “Esquire” format which is what I use I believe it’s on the left hand side scroll down

      • It’s nothing that says About on the left side. I typed in the search box and still nothing. That’s okay. I give up.

      • 2 ways: click on Menu and it gives you the About page or do Google search for Gerbil News Network and the About page is the second item that turns up after the website

      • Have you seen your website on a desktop? It’s no menu or pages. I know your blog is mostly satire so that’s good enough. I was just wondering who you were and how you get your stories.

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