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Principles of Domestication


(poem found in The Times 1/3/07)


Early morning
What working mums
is a period of chivvying
really need is a wife.
and chasing. Lucky
Someone who will get up
Daddy who dresses
in the night, then again at 6.15 am
placidly and half asleep


I had never cooked a meal
Here we are, post- feminist
or ironed a shirt in my life
...my tears mingled with soap
suds as I tried to get white
and making it up as we go along
collars clean


I hate the thought
Can I really be feeling
of no more babies in the house,
a pull towards the back-breaking
yet the more one has,
minute by minute care
the more one's life lacks
of two tiny children?
a certain graciousness

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The italics are comments from women speaking in 1937 on domestic life

The non italic words are from women in 2007 speaking on the same subject

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