MARINA GIPPS

(Chicago, Illinois)

A Good Woman


Must be a good woman
Who darns his holed socks
Irons his heavily starched trousers
Makes his bed more comely

A good woman who agrees
When he is pricked with salt
Eats vinegar with his cornflakes
Must be

A good woman who sleeps beside him
With the sugar plum sweetest dreams
Awakens with the surprise of his leaving
Must be

A good woman who tries and cries
Does not succeed except in housebreaking
When all walls of a room
Have been washed clean of him.

Submitted: Saturday, August 04, 2007
Edited: Saturday, March 26, 2011
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