There were disguised women soldiers,
back in the days of cannons, muskets, and hardtack,
Pin-up girls in 1940's calendars
and on war planes,
while their sisters marched,
and flew planes,
Candy apple red lipstick,
white gloves and pearls,
pastel pillbox hats,
paper baby shower decorations,
demure, like Marilyn, yet resolute,
apron with embroidered flowers,
Policewomen in combat on the streets,
she, firefighter, rivulets of sweat
down her face, her back,
going into the blaze with the.men,
Women soldiers, sailors, airwomen,
hellfire, hearts hammering,
alongside men soldiers,
she, veteran, limbs gone,
she, who fell.
Previously published in, "Blue Collar Review".
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