Bird-Calls

These Women of War

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Homemakers and teachers
Secretaries and maids
Each responded to their country’s call

They took to the sky, to the sea,
to the factories
Weapons each and all

A WASP among eagles,
A WAVE among sailors,
A WOW among workers

Their country took their nylon stockings,
They donned uniforms instead
A single skirt in a sea of slacks

They fought with a passion,
They died for a cause
They never gave in

The daughters of suffragists,
The mothers of feminists,
These Women of War.

© 2009 Sarah Bailin