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Alex Conall, social justice bard ([personal profile] alexconall) wrote2013-04-15 12:52 pm

holding up forever

They say that women hold up half the sky,
like Atlas, one of two pillars to keep
its heavy weight from crashing down from high.
We hold it up forever, and we weep
because our daughters will be holding it
up too, with cooking sewing cleaning and
caretaking, never time to breathe, to sit.
Men so rarely offer helping hands.
They work so hard for money; yes, we know,
for we work just as hard, and then come home
for second shift, unpaid, as children grow
to learn that men are steel and women stone.
They support their half the sky with ease,
but theirs is lighter. Little help here, please?

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