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Catherine Anderson - Womanhood

She slides over
the hot upholstery
of her mother's car,
this schoolgirl of fifteen
who loves humming & swaying
with the radio.
Her entry into womanhood
will be like all the other girls'—
a cigarette and a joke,
as she strides up with the rest
to a brick factory
where she'll sew rag rugs
from textile strips of kelly green,
bright red, aqua.

When she enters,
and the millgate closes,
final as a slap,
there'll be silence.
She'll see fifteen high windows
cemented over to cut out light.
Inside, a constant, deafening noise
and warm air smelling of oil,
the shifts continuing on ...
All day she'll guide cloth along a line
of whirring needles, her arms & shoulders
rocking back & forth
with the machines—
200 porch size rugs behind her
before she can stop
to reach up, like her mother,
and pick the lint
out of her hair.

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Poet: Catherine Anderson
Poem: Womanhood
Volume: The Work of Hands
Year: Published/Written in 1983
Poem of the Day: Nov 15 2014

Comment 2 of 2, added on November 23rd, 2011 at 10:05 AM.

Begun, the great inetnret education has.

Kaleigh from Nepal
Comment 1 of 2, added on April 12th, 2010 at 9:54 AM.

what does it mean??


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