In the House of Martha and Mary
by Eileen Kennedy
Mary or Martha?
"she has chose the better part" ~New Testament
How quickly men gather at the table.
They are hungry. They are empty.
Their innards growl for tuna surprise,
Apple Brown Betty. Someone named Mary
has thrown ingredients together,
has placed the dishes, thus,
will pick at leavings later.
She will grow fat from devouring
all the remnants.
is to sit at table, pick at her food
idly, with her fork, while
the men listen to her words
with their eyes in their hands,
their tongues on the edge of her knife.
~ Mary McAnally, 1983
Quotes & Poems for Labor Day: "DYFJ"