(Superwoman Is Dead)

by Jamal Sharif

I can make the beds and fold the clothes while
convincing a giggling two year old to take a bath
while giving another child a shower
serve dinner on dishes I just washed an hour ago
remain polite to an uninvited guest do a load of laundry
answer three phone calls and make two
one being to the utility whose bill you forgot to drop off last week
I can correct the homework of an overly intellectual
seven year old who tells ME I've got it all wrong it IS
called the Entire State Building
pack lunches sweep floors iron shirts
balance the checkbook start a grocery list vaccuum 
scrub the sink water the plants fix the faucet read
bed time stories edit tomorrow's presentation and
oh yeah even do a few sit ups 
I can smile when I'm tired talk when I don't feel like it
anticipate your needs and usually deliver even after
a sixteen hour day but tonight since you are compelled 
to ask why I'm always so tired
the most insightful significant 
accurate reply i can give is

Super-Sista by Jamal Sharif

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