Tying a Bonnet on the System
They’d have you believe that they never slumber
and the glossy tears they almost shed are only for you
and the faux blood they sweat in labor at a desk
is just for you and when they pull the paper rabbit out
of their biased top hat groaning with effort, it’s all for you.
When they sign with a flourish and smile for the cameras,
that too is all for you.
To soften the hit, they tie
a frilly bonnet on their newly-birthed babe
and wait for the cheering.