She was “wide of hip”

his acid tongue dripped

and “too old for me,

at forty three.”

He explained why

he made women cry

by bidding farewell

which was, truth to tell,

because he could not commit.

He gave  women no credit

for having gained experience

because he had no conscience.

Women were expendable

unless they were youthful

and thin as a rake

since that’s what it takes.

He’d give them short shrift

and cut them adrift

to be replaced by another,

quite different from Mother.