Everyone’s Sober Aunt
She wasn’t the bad girl,
nor a frowny bad girl anomaly.
Her sensibly unimpressive
obscure defamations were not light,
her mask meek.
But woman, this speech!
A foot stripper!
A somberly small wrist dim without leg dust!
She would suppress those ordinary whispers
but refuse a weakness for her “victims”
(this was not you).
She would mutter nothings unlike
“Strangers who you die despite
also exhale a soil
which tastes not of surrender!”
She always thought out
which she did not
out the platform to
“Remove our fingertips from your bones,
tickle out of your muscles,
dig up my feathers out of your skin,
yet a weakness
note of the victim
will never failllll!”
she mumbled after many accords.
from 90-day-young girls.
Ziezulewicz, Geoff. “Ultimate Warrior shook top rope, stirred up fans.” Chicago Tribune. 22 April 2014: 2.
In Oulipian usage, antonymy means the replacement of a designated element by its opposite. Each word is replaced by its opposite, when one exists (black/white) or by an alternative suggesting antonymy (a/the, and/or, glass/wood).
Original: To be or not to be, that is the question.
Antonymy: To not be and to be: this was an answer.
Select a passage from your newspaper source text to complete this exercise.