Happy International Womens Day – Tribute to My Memere

Memere Does Time in the Shirtwaist Factory

She sings.  She works.  She won’t be gotten.

She hides her pennies in her stocking.

She wafts and warps and steals the waste silk

for the children she would be rocking. 

Makes the loom sing lullabies. 

She works.   She sings.  She won’t be got.

She has twelve nickels in her sock.

She works.  She won’t be gotten. 

She sings.  She won’t be got. 

She works.  She works.  She works.

Stitches quilts of stolen silk. 

Sells to rich men’s wives.

Folds her money in her pocket. 

Girls like her, a dime a dozen

become not rich, but shuttlewise.

“Memere Does Time in the Shirtwaist Factory,” The Binnacle.  First Place- Third Annual Ultra-Short Competition, 2006, University of Maine at Machais, The Binnacle, 2006.

“Memere Does Time in the Shirtwaist Factory,” The Iguana Review, edited by Joseph P Harris, Fall/Summer 2009

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