Murky Murky Waters

La Belle Dame Sans Merci

My mother and I disagree

On the meaning of merci.

Obviously we both know

It means thank you,

But I mean in the painting.

Mom says the beautiful lady

Had no mercy,

But that is because she is a woman.

I am a man

And I remember a man

Painted that picture.

I know a man

Would only have a woman on top

If betrayed,

And what a man will most remember

Of a woman

Is her ingratitude.