A Modern Proposal
(It has been said that the feminist movement is the true
solution of the mother-in-law problem.)
Sylvia, my dear, I would be yours with pleasure,
All that you are seems excellent to me,
Except your mother, who's much more at leisure
Than mothers ought to be.
Find her a fad, a job, an occupation,
Eugenics, dancing, uplift, yes, or crime,
Set her to work for her Emancipation-
That takes a lot of time.
Or, if the suffrage doctrine fails to charm her,
There are the Antis-rather in her line-
Guarding the Home from Maine to Alabama
Would keep her out of mine.
Alice Duer Miller
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