Robert Graves

(1895 - 1985 / London / England)

A Slice Of Wedding Cake - Poem by Robert Graves

Why have such scores of lovely, gifted girls
Married impossible men?
Simple self-sacrifice may be ruled out,
And missionary endeavour, nine times out of ten.

Repeat 'impossible men': not merely rustic,
Foul-tempered or depraved
(Dramatic foils chosen to show the world
How well women behave, and always have behaved).

Impossible men: idle, illiterate,
Self-pitying, dirty, sly,
For whose appearance even in City parks
Excuses must be made to casual passers-by.

Has God's supply of tolerable husbands
Fallen, in fact, so low?
Or do I always over-value woman
At the expense of man?
Do I?
It might be so.


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  • Tapan M. Saren (4/15/2017 2:40:00 AM)


    It's a beautiful poem...... (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, April 1, 2010



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