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the Way of the Wife
the sermon on the tea-towel

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When I read these instructions on how to be a good wife, I’m bewildered. Somewhere, sometime, a woman wrote these words, that’s not in doubt. But did she write it for the money, knowing there was profit to be made from self-improvement books even a century ago, or was she slyly and cynically undermining her lord and master?


Pic and poem by rachel mcalpine cc by 2.0
Daily prompt from the Daily Post, https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/bewildered/

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You’re asleep

ocean waves rolling on to a beach

You’re asleep
and waves of air
slide in and out your lungs,
five inspirations
for every snore of the sea.

Once in a while wind bumps
an overhanging branch
and we both turn over like a wave
and your belly warms my back
in perfect time.

The fair maiden

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Once upon a time
(says Ruby)
there was a fair maiden.

She had to decide
which pair of shoes
to wear to her wedding.

The wedding was a sad funeral
for someone in her future
who had died.

The fair maiden loved her shoes.
Finally she decided
to wear these ones.

They are blue
and they’ve got a blue flower.
They remind of her mother
who died.

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Rachel McAlpine

From a story by Ruby, aged 4 or 5 or 6