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Nice Girls Say Please - Megan Cartwright

Unicorn and Pegasus sat down with the Queen.

Unicorn’s horn went somewhere obsc –

“Cream with your scones?”

Nice girls say please.

Knock, knock?

Who’s there?

Mother told me not to swear.

Knock, knock?

Go away, come again another day.

Knock, knock, knock.

Go away, nasty girls who want to play.

One has a phone; one has a knife.

One’s barely clinging onto life.

“Raspberry jam?”

Nice girls say please,

hide the bruises on their knees.

Knock, knock?

Who’s there?

I said, who’s there?

Nobody loves you; nobody cares.

Too many sweets will make you sick.

Mother call the doctor, quick, quick, quick.

Nobody loves you. Nobody cares.

Let’s push Pegasus down the stairs!

Sticky-sticky hands, covered in jam.

Simple Simon broke her hymen.

Mother call the doctor, quick, quick, quick!

He smashed her face with a candlestick!

Nobody loved her. Nobody cares.

Nice girls don’t meddle in others’ affairs.


Megan Cartwright is an Australian college teacher and poet. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including Arteidolia Press, Authora Australis, Meniscus Journal, October Hill Magazine, and Quadrant. She has poems forthcoming in Fatal Flaw, MONO, Passengers Journal, and Tabula Rasa Review.



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