THE MAID

[notice noticeType=”approved” ]maidLaunching out at the crack of dawn, Braving the cold through the compound, Drying the mist on her clothes as she goes, Shivering along this is the maid. Jobless husband and child to keep, Off to sweep another lady’s yard, Fellow maids greet with no gay, This is the maid who weeps, who cooks. Lady of the house rises at noon Ordering around without a care Sweep here, sweep there, she says to The maid who sweeps, who cooks. Some chores are hard, others not, Life gives portion generously Could this just be my colossal lot? Many pots I’ve cleaned, many walls scrubbed, Am only the maid who sweeps, who cooks. Strange things come my way, even stranger still, Boss’ hand under my petticoat and pant, No soul to share, benefits are much Husband gets his tin, child his meat, Am only the maid who sweeps, who cooks. MOTHER TO DAUGHTER The news is good; you are on the way, My belly swells, I can’t wait to play, Stay put infant, am not faraway. I hear you cry, the joy is mine, Your little fingers, just seem so fine, Welcome to this world, I love your smile. Years seem to fly; you’re all so grown, All you now desire, I have known, My life has been but a big groan. The world is wide, and never seems to end. Pleasure of pleasure is never a friend. Deep inside you joy always reigns. Come, come child hear what’s been. And what has been, I have already seen. Patience, patience, give your life esteem. Down in the chapel, wedding bells sound, Celebrating life, as the happy go round, Oh mother’s joy, a daughter’s life profound. Oh crying little babe, fill my hands with joy, One old life ends, a new one joins Here begins another mother’s employ. The world is wide, and never seems to end. Pleasure of pleasure is never a friend. Deep inside you joy always reigns.[/notice]

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