Heavy Bonnet

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I tire so of this heavy bonnet-
White and scratchy,
Ruffles upon it.
Why must my kin
Upon me gawk
With “goochy goo” and nonsense talk?
Kissing and pinching and bouncing me…
Why?
It’s enough to make a baby cry!

Mechelle Ritchie Foster
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Closet Conundrum

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Minutes of despair.
Can’t decide what I should wear.
To the closet, forth and back.
My green dress? Or maybe slacks?
My green dress is the wrong size.
Black slacks again?
I roll my eyes.
My head down, I almost cry.
When, at last, a shirt, I spy.
It’s ironed and it’s clean!
It’s exactly what I need!
I go to work after all.
But after work, it’s to the mall!

Mechelle Ritchie Foster