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Thursday, February 23, 2012


by Ed Shacklee


"It’s all the rage," the DJ said:
teen models slink across the stage,
chic but always underfed.
It’s all the rage

that living dolls be underage;
that bones display how well they’re bred.
These hawk-eyed buyers can’t assuage
their hungers with a loom or thread,

and babies strutting in their stead
will not look look out and won’t engage.
Are they stuck up?  Don’t be misled:
it’s all the rage.

Ed Shacklee is a public defender who represents young people in the District of Columbia.