When did women stop fainting?
Was it at about the same time
That men stopped carrying smelling salts?
Did smelling salts producers have time
To capture other markets?
Did anyone lament the tapering off of
The feminine wile that beguiled so many, supposedly?
Did some women cling to it, pull its stays tight,
Or fake it, eeking its time out?
Did all the women just stop en masse?
Did a plague of alertness suddenly transmit itself,
Catching from one woman to another,
A slow hop from body to body
Of wake, of consciousness?