Marriage Then and Now

BY OLIVIA KINGI, YEAR 10, AVONSIDE GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL

1, 1958


The man barks

hurry up, you’re late

The woman irons

his grey flannel shirt


The man works,

his office filled with suited men

The woman dusts,

his home with her grey feathers


The man celebrates,

the stench of cigars fills the pub

The woman stays home,

the screeches of children hang in the air


1, 2018


The man works

from home, with the children

The woman works,

her office crowded with suited people


The man asks

did you have a good day?

The woman replies

yes, but I’m glad to be home



This poem is a part of the Beca Christchurch Heritage Festival series, for those pieces of writing created in the workshops sponsored by the Christchurch Heritage Festival and Tūranga.


© Write On: School for Young Writers and the writer, 2019