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Encumbered women,
whose job it is to mainly run and fetch,
remain vital.

Set the stew going in it’s coppery bucket –
like the crackling of wars and losses

in preparation for lunch,
doling encouragement out by the spoonful.

Can sometimes be seen laughing to themselves,

or unexpectedly
weeping in a
corner.

Or hauled up in the kitchen once more
while all around are killing time.

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