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We have lived for years in a lower-income area of a large southern USA City, Miami. It's hard enough when higher income women with children are divorced, abandoned or widowed, but it's cruel indeed in the lower income strata, where it seems to most often take place. I wrote this free-form poem in 1968 in sympathy with these mothers, many my friends and neighbors, and their disillusionment at a time society was still teetering on the edge of expectations of stay-at-home full time mothers.
Somebody Should Have Told Me
When I was younger I often read tales of
I really think I would have been satisfied
Well, when the good things were handed out
Maybe I was sleepwalking,
And other realities that should have been written
I sometimes wonder......
Copyright, 1968 Bess W. Metcalf
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