Wonderful poem and presentation, Rex! Truth, whimsy, biting humour...this piece has it all...and I love the "starch our faces" line...such a neat take on this! I've been in the same scenario you've shared here, and it's a difficult one, to say the least. I am grateful, every day, for no longer having to be a dwarf...now I am free to be Snow White! (which, I must confess with a sigh, is not all it's cracked up to be, if you'll recall from the Brothers Grimm tale...)
Loved this poem, Rex.