Ripped

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Ripped

Before fitness gyms 
existed,

a young man's 
muscles

came
from helping 

Father
lift the stones,
guide 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
from the Wonderments and Such collection

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