Ripped

Ripped
 
Before fitness gyms 
were invented,

a young man's 

muscles

usually came
from helping 

Father

lift the stones,

and fetching 
water and firewood

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.  
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