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My
mother told
me that if I were smart, I too
would become a domestic goddess, like her.
For one thing, she says that they are the wisest of women
armed with the sacred knowledge that tonic water can eradicate most stains
or that baking soda in the refrigerator can keep most meats from spoiling too quickly.
She argues that Aphrodite’s beauty pales in comparison to the colors of laundered clothes
and a supper of tepid, golden chicken that only an experienced domestic goddess can achieve.
Our home is her Mt. Olympus
and the kitchen serves as Mother’s temple,
despite the fact that there is no sculpture erected in her honor,
unless you want to count the vanilla candle that I made for her last Christmas.
Her nimble fingers scold my clumsier ones as they falter over slicing salad greens.
I say that Homer has a broader mind’s eye than any goddess, I’d much rather write The Iliad.

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Luv2WriteNO1 said...
Jul. 28, 2012 at 6:15 pm:
Amazing and very well written!  Please comment on mine if you can.
 
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Fia-fia said...
Jan. 12, 2012 at 6:36 pm:
This is warm, beautiful and amazingly well written. Be proud! thank you :)
 
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PrincessBubblegum said...
Nov. 29, 2011 at 11:39 pm:
This reminds me of my mother. I love this.
 
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raindance72 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 29, 2011 at 6:55 pm:

I did Greek mythology in SS last year so to my surprise I understood and could relate to every Greek reference! I loved it, so great and creative.

By the way, I'm in need of some reviews on my work. I'd love to have anyone check it out and post comments! :)

 
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bpjrobert said...
Sept. 24, 2011 at 1:43 pm:
This is very good. I like it. My favorite part is "her nimble fingers scold my clumsier ones."
 
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aurorairis said...
Sept. 2, 2011 at 10:19 am:
I love this poem!! I love all the comparisons to Greek mythology! It's beautiful!
 
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pNONYMOUS said...
Jul. 20, 2011 at 12:57 pm:
whoa. I love the words you use in your poem, its really creative and constructive. your mom reminds me a little of my headmaster!
 
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DisicpleofChristandJesusEnthusiast said...
Jun. 6, 2011 at 3:39 pm:
Interesting topic. Great word choice, nice job.
 
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Free-This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
May 23, 2011 at 5:25 pm:
Interesting, creative topic and I mean that. Wish I could think of such a creative topic
 
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RedRidingHood said...
May 15, 2011 at 11:47 pm:
This poem was well written with lots of imagery. I also  like the way she compared her mothers life to greek mythology. The symbolism of the greek mythology simplified her thoughts. Her use of Syntax and diction were well developed.
 
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ema2423 said...
May 15, 2011 at 9:38 am:
Amazing! I love the real world sense instead of a fairytale or a myth! :)
 
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JMThe-one said...
Mar. 10, 2011 at 8:49 pm:
I'm not sure why people think this is funny, but it's pretty good. Great use of allusion at the end. 
 
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WillowFalls This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 10, 2011 at 6:57 pm:
That's such a cute poem! Good job! :)
 
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ellie315 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 10, 2011 at 5:29 pm:
This is written very beautifully - I love the idea - and the diction! Very good job:)
 
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bookdevourer101 said...
Mar. 10, 2011 at 10:51 am:
The title is very suiting! Great use of metaphors and symbolism. This poem made me laugh, reminding me of my mom.
 
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lil_reeses1015 said...
Mar. 10, 2011 at 8:53 am:
my mom THINKS she is a goddess!!!!  but i love her!!!! <33
 
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Andersonandy said...
Feb. 16, 2011 at 12:42 pm:
Now this is poetry.
 
Inflatable_Corn This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Feb. 16, 2011 at 6:18 pm :
Aye, captain.
 
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cordr3 said...
Jan. 3, 2011 at 4:58 pm:
this poem made me lol, it was a great use of metaphores, and i hope to see more funny poems such as this one.
 
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Artifactfinder said...
Jan. 3, 2011 at 12:45 pm:
How old is that girl in the picture?
 
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