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<h1>Etiquette</h1>
<p>
	In the corner, she sits.<br />
	Her wide-rimmed glasses hung around her neck.<br />
	Her steely-eyed gaze, fixed<br />
	As from the china I sip.
</p><p>
	“Pinky out!” she reprises.<br />
	Knowing that it must be drummed in to you.<br />
	Like forks of different sizes<br />
	When just one would do.
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<aside>
	† “The quality of having an excessively high opinion of oneself or one’s importance”
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	I am told ‘Silence is Golden’;<br />
	One wonders if politeness is one-sided,<br />
	For I’m no part of this conversation<br />
	On matters prided.<sup>†</sup>
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	‡ "A disease of women, characterised by fits of the nervous
	system." <em>(<a href="http://oldsturbridgevillage.com/explore_learn/document_viewer.php?DocID=808" rel="external">source</a>)</em>
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	Who died and made her queen?<br />
	Profound rightful heiress to all matters esoteric.<br />
	Her subjects go unheard, but seen<br />
	Under laws dreamt up by those hysteric.<sup>‡</sup>
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	* To “look for and criticize small or insignificant faults or errors; nitpick.” <cite>New Oxford American dictionary</cite>
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	She has me picking at nits,<sup>*</sup><br />
	Tied up in strings, like her marionette.<br />
	In the corner, she sits<br />
	Lady Etiquette.
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	<small>With thanks to Clint V Franklin for helping me formulate stanzas 3 &amp; 4, and generally finishing the poem
	off. I’ve been working on this in some form since November 2009.</small>
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