We meet in the smoke room before we start the day.
We speak of how we will improve our lives.
These conversations — about our wives.
Cindy, Gary, Dawn, the smoking crew.
Had a strange set of wives many never knew.
Cindy’s wife was Tony, he never paid a bill.
Gary’s wife was Michael; he couldn’t stay away from the still.
Dawn’s lovely lady her name was Dee,
Those two lived a life of glee.
How does it happen, two husbands are ladies, two wives are men?
I really can’t tell you how and I sure can’t tell you when.
— Sylvia J. Smith
Sylvia J. Smith is a Pittsburgh native currently living in the Wilkinsburg area. Her work has appeared in Voices from the Attic Vol. XXII. Smith has worked for Carnegie Mellon University since 1979. Many writers featured in Chapter & Verse are guests of Prosody, produced by Jan Beatty. Prosody airs every Saturday morning on WESA 90.5 FM.