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If I were an "ordinary" housewife
Content to stay at home
Happy to cook
Bake
Clean the oven
And iron the clothes
To watch soap operas
To be "good"
To get fat
To wear a housedress
Instead of jeans
To smile
When I feel like crying;
I would never know
The meaning of words like
Happiness
Love
Hate
Pain
Beginning
Ending
Challenge
Knowledge;
I would never know
About tears
That come from my soul
About
Laughter
That originates
In my heart.
I would never
Feel like a fool
But I'd be a fool;
Because I'd believe
That all pain lasts forever;
I'd be incapable of understanding
As I do
That flowers are lovelier
When they are watered
With tears.
                                 Annette
                                I wrote this in 1980 and it's still true today

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