Reflections on the economics of domesticity

Consider this:
a fiction of stability.

A house:
shelter from storm,
provider of righteousness,
even as arms strain in aprons.

Consider this:
what exists in kitchens.

Slow cooker congealing;
Broken ceramics revealing;
Milk and honey mingling.

Consider this:
a story of respectability.

Arms folded to suggest strength;
Manchester folded correctly to hide;
Rugs vacuumed to dullness, I sigh.

Consider this:
a lesson of dependability.

A house:
hoarder of unimaginable emotion;
murmuring of swamps and holes
before the mortgage was erected.

Consider this:
the economics of domesticity.

Affection does not pay the rent;
Torment might support the mortgage.

Love is a tightrope:
like the one from kitchen,
to bedroom,
to boredom,
to neglect.

Consider this:
my aversion to sociology.

I will always choose a person
over a residence

I will always choose a personal goal
over mere existence.

Reflections on the economics of domesticity

msdebbie

Joined March 2009

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Reflections on the economics of domesticity is not about my current living arrangements, but is more about the idea of compromise and sacrifice which I believe underpinned many relationships where economics were imbalanced.

Please let me know if it captures some of the tortured housewife or underappreciated spouse that I am going for.

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