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    Buttons

    buttonsHer own jar. 

    Each button threads a freedom.

    This wooden one, a safe roof.

    With this, she votes

    with that, she goes to school

    with that, she owns her home.

    With the pearl one, she loves

    the mirror and her healthy

    strong body. Free to dress

    as she sees fit. Free to undress

    with whom she wishes.

    With this, she has meaningful work

    and her own good money.

    With the red button, she drives.

    With the purple, she travels.

    She dances, she sings, she cooks

    perhaps only for herself.

    Free to say Yes.  

    Free to say No.

    Free to see all the buttons.

    Free to take such a jar.

    Free to pass such a gift on.