Ripped

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Ripped
 
Before fitness gyms 
existed,

a young man's 
muscles

came
from helping 

Father
lift the stones,
walk the plow,
chop firewood,

and fetch 
water
for 
Mother.
 
All the while,
Sister
 
studied her
face
 
in the looking glass,
and dreamt of the
 
ripped lad
(apprenticed to the Smithy)
 
holding her in his arms.
 
. . . j

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