Good Woman

Good Woman; keep your pantry full –
there are mouths to feed, and
whims to answer,
smile on.

Smile on,
Good Woman, feed the children young
and old, their needs cry out
for nourishment;
be strong.

Be strong,
Good Woman, tending your oven,
concocting recipes,
born to serve, raised
to please.

To please
Good Woman, be sure your own pot
is overflowing, lest
fatigue sets in,
and then

And then,
Good Woman, who caters to you –
the children are gone and
husband retired –
what now?

(This is a Crown Cinquain written for Dark Side of the Moon’s challenge.)


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Permission to write, paint, and imagine are the gifts I gave myself when chronic illness hit - a fair exchange: being for doing. Relevance is an attitude. Humour essential.

20 thoughts on “Good Woman”

  1. Oh, I absolutely love this, V.J. – the form and the content. Now I have to go on over to the Dark Side of the Moon and get the ‘rules’. This form would be such a good prompt for our writer’s group here.

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  2. What now indeed! 🙂 I love how you stress the importance of keeping our own needs met even while we meets the needs of others; for when we neglect ourselves, we cannot care for others as we should. Great flow. I’d have to say this is fast becoming my favorite form.

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