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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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JessyWeLoveYou said...
Mar. 24, 2009 at 3:10 pm:
wow,,,you must think allot of your mother...thats really sweet...keep writing like this and youll be the godess of the poems! lol
 
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Hunter J. said...
Mar. 23, 2009 at 2:20 pm:
This is amazingly cute :)
 
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dulcenina1210 said...
Mar. 20, 2009 at 10:07 pm:
Really good stuff. I love all the mythology allusions.
 
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MirandaLogan said...
Mar. 18, 2009 at 12:16 am:
I love the reference to Homer in the end, it is truly a nice piece of work.
 
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<3::wish4wings::<3 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 17, 2009 at 1:57 pm:
really great work!!!
 
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Christina This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 4, 2009 at 12:50 pm:
This is flawless.
 
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Laura S. said...
Mar. 3, 2009 at 11:40 pm:
This poem hits home for those of us with big dreams and domestic godesses...great job!
 
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kissingdawn331 said...
Mar. 3, 2009 at 8:22 pm:
wow it's great yr amazing
 
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Anonymous This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 26, 2009 at 12:50 am:
wow! you are amazing! this is a perfect poem. love it!
 
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