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In The Park

Rating: 3.5

She sits in the park. Her clothes are out of date.
Two children whine and bicker, tug her skirt.
A third draws aimless patterns in the dirt
Someone she loved once passed by – too late

to feign indifference to that casual nod.
“How nice” et cetera. “Time holds great surprises.”
From his neat head unquestionably rises
a small balloon…”but for the grace of God…”

They stand a while in flickering light, rehearsing
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Geoffrey Fafard 07 October 2015

This is good no fantastic writing.A whole life gone by in a few lines…and in the end whoosh a stinging stand alone line..You can read it and reread it..it loses no punch and leaves you contemplating the whole cycle.Just love it.

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Lucy James 04 February 2016

Harwood is presenting a critical perspective on the expectations placed on women in a culture based on patriarchal values. Her 'housewife' poems, Blue Sappho, In the Park and Suburban Sonnet comment on the inequity of genders in the 1950s/60s and how women were entrapped in the domestic sphere.

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patriarchy 69 13 February 2020

do u r have dumb

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Toby W 26 March 2018

@Jason bourne re-do

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Sylvia Frances Chan 31 July 2021

this poem has a suffering sound, her life is dull and gloomy, such was life for the poor, the economy was still lagging, Very insightful poem

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Chinedu Dike 30 July 2021

An insightful piece of poetry, well articuated and nicely brought forth from the heart....

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Aidne Millard 23 May 2021


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ers 27 May 2021

i hate

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yung cash register 12 May 2021

owl got ligma

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Yashim David George 11 March 2021

I love your words Harwood. It spills me like a drink toppled in the end. Oh I felt an injury and I wonder if it's a happy one?

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