poet Gwen Harwood

Gwen Harwood

#114 on top 500 poets

In The Park

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 Her clothes are out of date.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
the children’s names and birthdays. “It’s so sweet
to hear their chatter, watch them grow and thrive, ”
she says to his departing smile. Then, nursing
the youngest child, sits staring at her feet.
To the wind she says, “They have eaten me alive.”

Poem Submitted: Sunday, August 3, 2008
Poem Edited: Monday, December 5, 2011

Rating Card

In The Park # 394 poem on top 500 Poems
3,3 out of 5
52 total ratings
rate this poem

Comments about In The Park by Gwen Harwood

  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (2/4/2020 4:20:00 AM)

    They stand a while in flickering light, rehearsing
    the children’s names and birthdays. “It’s so sweet
    to hear their chatter, watch them grow and thrive, ”
    she says to his departing smile. a very fine poem. tony

    Report Reply
    2 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Britte NinadBritte Ninad (2/4/2020 3:46:00 AM)

    worthy beautiful

    worthy beautiful

    Report Reply
    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Eminem (7/22/2019 10:45:00 PM)

    Finally, some worthy competition

    Report Reply
    9 person liked.
    2 person did not like.
  • Gary Narkle 6ix9ine (6/27/2019 1:34:00 AM)

    all yall you can come ride this dickkkkk but it aint for free.

    Already Reported Reply
    7 person liked.
    10 person did not like.
  • Haile TesfayeHaile Tesfaye (5/7/2019 3:30:00 PM)

    Well written poem about the expectations of society on women..

    Report Reply
    2 person liked.
    4 person did not like.
  • spell icup (3/20/2019 12:46:00 AM)

    there is only one thing i have to say; L

    Report Reply
    5 person liked.
    3 person did not like.
  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (5/28/2018 2:09:00 AM)

    “Time holds great surprises.”
    From his neat head unquestionably rises
    a small balloon…”but for the grace of God…”


    the poem is composed life like

    Report Reply
    2 person liked.
    3 person did not like.
  • Charisma Wooten (5/27/2018 9:29:00 PM)

    I said it before, I will say it again. Get rid of these dried out white women on my computer. They sound awful.
    There are plenty actors around that are much better than a computer generated voice.

    Report Reply
    5 person liked.
    17 person did not like.
  • Crapus sh...tus (3/30/2018 5:30:00 AM)

    492 on top 50 poems rea lly? ?

    Report Reply
    4 person liked.
    2 person did not like.
  • The User Of This Site (3/30/2018 5:29:00 AM)

    They are just absolute fu.....ckwits. No idea how to run a poetry site. Th8s...typoem stinks.

    Already Reported Reply
    3 person liked.
    6 person did not like.
  • katie anderson (2/13/2018 5:11:00 PM)

    Anybody know what time it is

    Report Reply
    Toby W(3/26/2018 2:08:00 AM)

    its water time

    6 person liked.
    2 person did not like.
  • Claude Heindrich (10/13/2016 3:22:00 PM)

    A very good poem I enjoyed it.

    Report Reply
    8 person liked.
    3 person did not like.
  • Lucy James (2/4/2016 12:08:00 AM)

    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.

    Report Reply
    patriarchy 69(2/13/2020 9:40:00 PM)

    do u r have dumb

    Toby W(3/26/2018 2:08:00 AM)

    @Jason bourne re-do

    Jason Bourne(8/3/2016 11:52:00 PM)

    nigga you need to recognise that this has nothing to do with gender problems you idiot go back to college and redo your English course because you absolutely need it

    15 person liked.
    12 person did not like.
  • Geoffrey FafardGeoffrey Fafard (10/7/2015 2:10:00 AM)

    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.

    Report Reply
    Jason Bourne(7/18/2016 11:45:00 PM)

    its a great poem you idiot, learn how to recognise real poetry you illiterate scum!

    19 person liked.
    11 person did not like.
  • Briony NichollsBriony Nicholls (6/3/2015 9:30:00 AM)

    A poem that powerfully evokes feeling in quite a visual way.

    Report Reply
    10 person liked.
    4 person did not like.
  • RedRed (3/5/2015 12:48:00 AM)

    For me this was thought provoking and sad though powerful. The last line was a whammy Gwen and I only hope this is not based on experience.

    Report Reply
    8 person liked.
    2 person did not like.
  • Birgitta Abimbola HeikkaBirgitta Abimbola Heikka (1/3/2015 9:01:00 PM)

    Nicely-written poem about the mundane things in life. Don't quite agree with the last line.

    Report Reply
    LankyFella(11/1/2018 5:32:00 AM)

    Jason mate, *you're

    Jason Bourne(7/18/2016 11:42:00 PM)

    your not meant to agree with it you illiterate fool

    7 person liked.
    4 person did not like.
  • Maya Hanson (1/4/2014 10:51:00 AM)

    I love this! not the sort of thing i usually read though...thank you poem of the day program :)
    ~mye3 poet

    Report Reply
    10 person liked.
    8 person did not like.
  • Jamie Dewyer (1/3/2013 3:57:00 AM)

    wow, that is a great poem

    love is sacrifice, the ones you love the most, destroy you almost

    Report Reply
    Jason Bourne(7/18/2016 11:46:00 PM)

    nobody wants your stupid opinion

    18 person liked.
    7 person did not like.

Rating Card

In The Park # 394 poem on top 500 Poems
3,3 out of 5
52 total ratings
rate this poem



Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?