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“To be a mother and a wife, / I'm often urged by all my kith / And kin — but as for husbands, life / Is easier without than with.”
“Parsley, parsley, everywhere. / Damn, I want my victuals bare.”
“Don't mail me any more proxies, please. / Tell me, incorporated tease, / Why don't you save the stamps and send, / Once in a while, a dividend?”
“Why is it that one has to drink? / Why is it that one's hosts should think / It queer these days if guests prefer / A respite? Doesn't it occur / To anyone that no offense / Is meant by harmless abstinence?”
“Whatever its function, / like's not a conjunction.”
“To be polite to everybody except the people they love most is a nervous affectation that afflicts many families ... when they come home, they take off their smiles and soft words, and sit about, spiritually in their underwear. This isn't pretty.”
“Her cocktail bouts are long and loud, / She asks a monumental crowd, / For, to be frank, her one concern / Is being feted in return.”
“The same old charitable lie, / Repeated as the years scoot by, / Perpetually makes a hit — / 'You really haven't changed a bit!'”
“I'm a recipe clipper / I pile them in drawers. / They're yellow with age. And / I hoard them by scores; / But when I decide that I'll try / something new. / I can't find the clipping, / my file's such a stew.”
“I dote the baple buds are swellig — / It bust be Sprig that I ab sbellig. / Agaid, the bird is od the wig / And Dature starts her Highlad Flig.”
Margaret Fishback, U.S. poet, humorist, advertising copywriter
(1904 - 1985)
Full name: Margaret Fishback Antolini.