A Fax for Mrs. Browning
We hope, despite your overcrowded schedule,
that we can still prevail on you to speak
at our June First commencement ceremonies
honoring Women's Education Week.
(Isn't it true that you attracted Robert
by quoting from Euripides in Greek?)
You have a life that many of us envy
(although your dad was something of a grouch):
No mommy track for poets, no glass ceiling,
no second shift of household chores to slouch
through, and no day-care center problems.
Draped elegantly on your invalid's couch,
you entertained those eminent men and women
who sought you out. Then you had time to
to read, to study Greek in solitude,
a vanished blessing. Finally, to your
at forty you achieved the perfect marriage.
Our girls could cry. Come tell them how
you did it.
1995; originally printed in The Formalist.
by permission of the author.