Cicely Fox Smith

(1 February 1882 – 8 April 1954 / Lymm, Cheshire)

A Question - Poem by Cicely Fox Smith

Women wear trousers
To trail round the shops;
Women in trousers
Wield brushes and mops.

Women wear trousers
For sleeping and sitting
And pouring out tea in
And doing their knitting.

For cleaning the windows
(Or least ways in breeches)
And planting potatoes
And scrapping out ditches.

They wear them for punching
Our tickets in trams,
Or pushing their babies
Abroad in their prams.

In fact nearly everything
Under the sun
But - why don't they wear them
For manning a gun!


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Poem Submitted: Monday, August 30, 2010



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