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What am I if not a slave

What am I if not a slave? I cook, clean and mourn; I wash, sweep and weep from dawn to fall of night. I do nothing but cooking; I cook all day, three times a day, from dawn to fall of night. What are you if not a master? You eat, teach and cheat; you write, drink and sleep from dawn to fall of night. For three long decades, I’ve cleaned your dishes: empty, dirty dishes from dawn to fall of night. What’s marriage if not serfdom? You are my master; I am merely a slave. You do your part; I mine. From dawn to fall of night and back to break of day. A 1st placement in the following contest (judged on Aug. 24, 2020: It's not really a contest, rather it's an opportunity to showcase our first poem on Poetry Soup.) Your first poem on Poetry Soup Sponsor: Silent One

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Date: 9/8/2020 3:31:00 AM
Excellent first write! You handled the subject well - of slavery, of masters, of marriage. Excellent content! Congratulations on your win!
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Newton Ranaweera
Date: 9/8/2020 3:43:00 AM
Thank you so much,Kim, for your read and the great comment!!
Date: 8/24/2020 3:58:00 AM
- Congratulations on your win, Newton ... I remember how exciting it was to post my first poem :) - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Newton Ranaweera
Date: 8/24/2020 11:04:00 AM
Thank you so much, Sunshine Smile, for this lovely, relatable comment!! Much appreciated.
Date: 8/24/2020 3:31:00 AM
You are not a slave... thankfully, those days are long gone, but we can become a slave to the system... Great first post.. This was not really a contest, it was an opportunity to showcase your first poem and I am glad you entered. Thank you.
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Newton Ranaweera
Date: 8/24/2020 11:03:00 AM
Thank you so much, Silent One, for your kind comment and for considering a placement for my piece. I agree with; we become slaves to the system.
Date: 12/19/2016 6:45:00 PM
Maybe a martyr, not a slave.
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Newton Ranaweera
Date: 12/19/2016 7:14:00 PM
Thanks for the comment.