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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare

Betty Bonham Lies

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Outta Here

Third period we girls all had home economics,
taught by Miss Rust.

Our mothers took exactly the same course,
but it was called domestic science then.

We understood our work was not just homely,
it was savvy, of a woman's kind. Girls learned

to make things that were gone in minutes:
well-balanced meals, clean rooms, crisp white aprons.

The boys took shop. They built birdhouses, lazy susans,
paddles they would never be hit with,

they drew sharp lines with tools
that packed up neatly into felt-lined wooden boxes.

I coveted boys' boxes. I wanted one of those.