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When I was young, I used to
Watch behind the curtains
As men walked up and down the street. Wino men, old men.
Young men sharp as mustard.
See them. Men are always
Going somewhere.
They knew I was there. Fifteen
Years old and starving for them.
Under my window, they would pauses,
Their shoulders high like the
Breasts of a young girl,
Jacket tails slapping over
Those behinds,
Men.

One day they hold you in the
Palms of their hands, gentle, as if you
Were the last raw egg in the world. Then
They tighten up. Just a little. The
First squeeze is nice. A quick hug.
Soft into your defenselessness. A little
More. The hurt begins. Wrench out a
Smile that slides around the fear. When the
Air disappears,
Your mind pops, exploding fiercely, briefly,
Like the head of a kitchen match. Shattered.
It is your juice
That runs down their legs. Staining their shoes.
When the earth rights itself again,
And taste tries to return to the tongue,
Your body has slammed shut. Forever.
No keys exist.

Then the window draws full upon
Your mind. There, just beyond
The sway of curtains, men walk.
Knowing something.
Going someplace.
But this time, I will simply
Stand and watch.

Maybe.
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COMMENTS
Dr Antony Theodore 08 December 2020
Wino men, old men. Young men sharp as mustard. See them. Men are always Going somewhere. a very fine poem. tony
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Dr Antony Theodore 12 October 2020
One day they hold you in the Palms of their hands, gentle, as if you Were the last raw egg in the world. poetic images. tony
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Pamela Lutwyche 20 September 2020
Such a powerful poem
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L Milton Hankins 20 September 2020
Exceptionally well-written and powerful poem. Angelou cannot be matched for raw talent and ability to write from the soul.
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Suresh Kumar Ek 05 September 2020
no need of a key to this powerful poem
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Emmanuel 10 June 2020
Interesting poem capturing, i believe, her experience dealing with men. Because not all men squeeze until the female shatters or explodes. Definitely something to think about. As always, Maya delivers.
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Christopher 05 June 2020
I think that the poem is about her life and about her because the poem says life doesn’t frighten me so the poem is about her because in her life she had ups and downs like her childhood and her stepfather and her fame which inspires people.
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Adeeb Alfateh 02 March 2020
such a lovely great poem.........great 10++
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Michael Walker 01 August 2019
A meandering poem, admittedly about her changing attitudes to men walking past the window. She is right, 'No keys exist'.
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God 2.0 09 December 2019
You're opinion is stinky.
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God 2.0 09 December 2019
You're just being a stinky nerd
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Michael Walker 25 July 2019
Too many words and clauses about the subject She is another hugely overrated poet.
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