Regular Poem: The Intersection of Classy and Trashy

7 Sep

There is probably
some sociological thing
to be said
about the intersection
mix and match
between classy and trashy.

Something about
socioeconomic status
and the American dream
and pulling oneself up by one’s bootstraps
and appearance versus reality
and the grasping for something grander
and Maslow’s hierarchy of needs
and white privilege
and hipsters.

Something, too,
that somehow
intersects, overlaps, mixes and matches, crosses over
with the expletives whose bread and butter is the
juxtaposition of
the sacred and the profane.

And maybe, too,
that thing where we think of Southern Belles
as super frilly and white and the epitome of same;
however, their dialect–
which we see as the aforementioned times 10–
is very close
to the slave mammies’ who raised them.

And maybe, too,
that trickle-down effect mentioned by noted sociologist
Meryl Streep’s character
in The Devil Wears Prada
when she totally burns
Anne Hathaway’s character
about her sweater’s being chosen for her.

That last one’s probably the real one.

then I see french tips and Cadillacs,
and the difference is so subtle
between the classy and the trashy
that sometimes they overlap so well
that I can’t tell the difference.

And I guess that’s probably proof
that my new sweater
was chosen for me by
Meryl Streep
like a year and a half ago.

2 Responses to “Regular Poem: The Intersection of Classy and Trashy”

  1. Melanie 26 September 2013 at 9:31 PM #

    Wow that’s really good! I love Devil Wears Prada!

    • TheBestofAlexandra 26 September 2013 at 9:33 PM #

      I don’t like it too much, but I do love that scene specifically and Meryl Streep generally. I’m glad you liked the poem, and I’m super glad you commented. 🙂

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