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A 3rd Place Contest Winner-Wives role in the 60's-#376-C

A chapter in the book My Life As I See It~Life in 1960's

Men Never Carried Our Water

by BeasPeas

We weren't wives like our mothers,
and weren't wives like our daughters.
Our time was not like another,
men never carried our water.

Wives were expected to do it all,
be lover, maid, wage earner, slave.
Always at husbands' beck and call,
fulfilling every role they craved.

When passion was over and done,
our row and theirs had to be hoed.
Wives did the work, husbands had fun,
as the lopsided tally showed.

Discontent hastened love's end,
but we wives endured our roles.
With eyes open we sought a friend
to soothe our bodies, restore our souls.

We wore the facade of loyal wife,
still longing for all that was promised.
If the marriage survived that strife,
it wasn't because we were honest.

Women are savvier today,
will give what they can and no more.
Wives won't settle, they'll walk away,
more able to close that door.

Men never carried our water,
women always carried their own.
We want better for our daughters,
to share the road, not walk alone.

Marilyn D.F. Boire - July 14, 2016

What is a wife writing prompt entry
Writing Prompt
Wife - The world has changed. The expectations have changed from one generation to another. I was a teenager in the seventies. We were the first generation of women who were told they could be anything they wanted to be. Yet, our examples of women were stay at home moms. My mother both broke barriers and lived barriers. She became a chemist in the 1940's. However, as soon as she became a mother, she left her career to raise her children. Women are still searching for that perfect balance. Our men still need us to admire and love them and we often choose to do just that instead of following our own paths. Humans are complicated and wonderful, confusing and complex. What is the new definition of wife?


In the '60's and '70's women had limited choices and were chafing at the bit to get more freedom, recognition, and status--even within their own families. That era was the birth of the Women's Liberation Movement, the sexual revolution (birth control). We burned our bras and demonstrated for social respect and financial equality. Before then women couldn't even get their own credit. It was a tense time for marriages. Women needed and wanted more from their primary relationship and men were reluctant to give it. That's just the way it was back then.
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