Gwendolyn Brooks

(7 June 1917 – 3 December 2000 / Topeka, Kansas)

The Crazy Woman - Poem by Gwendolyn Brooks

I shall not sing a May song.
A May song should be gay.
I'll wait until November
And sing a song of gray.

I'll wait until November
That is the time for me.
I'll go out in the frosty dark
And sing most terribly.

And all the little people
Will stare at me and say,
"That is the Crazy Woman
Who would not sing in May."


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Comments about The Crazy Woman by Gwendolyn Brooks

  • Susan Williams Susan Williams (3/12/2016 3:34:00 PM)

    Yes, it sounds like a light-hearted verse- it makes you smile or chuckle and nod your head. But flip it over and take another look. I see that her sad soul and her sad sad song fits into gray November..... but I am said to be a pessimistic sort so perhaps it is only me having a case of mistaken identity. (Report) Reply

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  • Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel Black (3/12/2016 12:46:00 PM)

    Everyone should sing and laugh year round..good light hearted poem.. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis Edward Kofi Louis (3/12/2016 12:38:00 PM)

    That is the time for me. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Moira Cameron Moira Cameron (3/12/2016 1:13:00 AM)

    That was fun to read. The rhythm is so sing-song, which is its own irony. (Report) Reply

  • Anil Kumar Panda Anil Kumar Panda (3/12/2016 12:36:00 AM)

    Hahahahah.....such a sweet drop! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • E.j. Langley E.j. Langley (12/19/2015 2:12:00 PM)

    The lyrical irony in this poem is attractive. Thank you for your submission. (Report) Reply

  • John Richter (1/7/2015 12:52:00 PM)

    This is a very fun poem, though my heart saddens for the author - everyone should sing in May! (Report) Reply

  • Aidan Johnson (3/14/2014 12:55:00 PM)

    Its like a little crazyness with the women I agree with THAT. (Report) Reply

  • Jessica Hughes (5/25/2009 2:03:00 PM)

    This poem is sort of funny with a dark twist. (Report) Reply

  • Tanny Quin (7/8/2008 12:35:00 PM)

    Yep I can sing that way! ! ! ! How fun I should not sing in May but pretty soon!
    youv'e got rythm Phebe (Report) Reply

  • Jillxx . (7/2/2005 12:13:00 AM)

    haha i really like this poem. it's kind of funny, but it makes sense to me. it really hits me because it's how i feel sometimes. i'm all about the sad songs/poems, and know what it's like to have others think you're crazy because they expect you to snap out of the sadness, and just be happy. good stuff! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004



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