shopping list for founding fathers’ families

the treats, the coffee.
the freshly milked cows.
the cream.
the ironed shirts.
the refilled pens.
the laundered clothes.
the polished workplaces.
the tidied picture frames.
the dusted shelves.

the restocked brandy,
the delicately accented flowers
scattered appropriately near the
neatly scrubbed windows.

the children kept at bay
away from their fathers.
or the fathers’ sons
allowed in on this groundbreaking
level of discussion.

what coordination it all took!
what scheduling of potty breaks
they must have anarchistically organized.

in order to
be the founding mothers,
in silence.