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Great Women | Poem

Great Women by Frank Anthony
     Are great women the wives of presidents andkings who do not know what to do with themselves? Or the grand dames whodo not have husbands to look after any more? Are they the women who sitin famous chairs that were reserved for men? Or are they the ones who donot need muscle to make a
significant score?
     Actually nothing, of the fabric we call society,could be woven into patterns of woof and warp if it were not for the firstlady who changes our diapers and feeds us before we can feed ourselves.The same ones who encourage us to be something bigger and better than theirlives, the same ones who are there when others leave us.
     And there are the sisters of the soul in ourhospitals who tend to wounds and frailty, who are there when we fear anunknown. They are also the unknown who care for different sick people everyday, unhappy, suffering people who can be anything but pleasant in a predicamentover which we have no control and find ourselves at the mercy of strangersin a hospital. More of this will become ordinary life in a society livingon junk food.
     The unsung heroes are the thousands of womenwho keep our super markets running, who spend their lives serving the publicday in and day out, with no recognition in local papers until their obituary.Yes, there are the women who are doctors, lawyers or preachers, but theyare compensated with an income matching the profession and admired likemen professionals are.
     There is another woman who is my hero of oursociety. She labors long hours for a bare bones salary and her job is usuallyin jeopardy. These unsung heroes of society either write or put words togetherfor a living. More than the press corps of a famous newspaper, they arethe faithful people whose interest in their community is the fabric ofour life. From typewriter to computer they devote their lives to keep ourstories straight. Forgotten after an unnoticed obituary, where would webe without the women who work with words and ideas?

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