The Landlady Poem by Margaret Atwood

The Landlady

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This is the lair of the landlady

She is
a raw voice
loose in the rooms beneath me.

the continuous henyard
squabble going on below
thought in this house like
the bicker of blood through the head.

She is everywhere, intrusive as the smells
that bulge in under my doorsill;
she presides over my
meagre eating, generates
the light for eyestrain.

From her I rent my time:
she slams
my days like doors.
Nothing is mine.

and when I dream images
of daring escapes through the snow
I find myself walking
always over a vast face
which is the land-
lady's, and wake up shouting.

She is a bulk, a knot
swollen in a space. Though I have tried
to find some way around
her, my senses
are cluttered by perception
and can't see through her.

She stands there, a raucous fact
blocking my way:
immutable, a slab
of what is real.

solid as bacon.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Pizza Hut 07 May 2018

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Pearly 12 September 2018

So fitting for my landlady.

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Edward Kofi Louis 16 February 2019

A raw voice! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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your mom 03 November 2020

ew what is this, btw this makes no sense

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your son 17 November 2021

so pround of u mommy

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Boingotlo Tswanatso 30 May 2020

Thanks for sharing this poem with us its just suiting some landladies but not all

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Boingotlo Tswanatso 30 May 2020

I too think that a landlady is a bulk and i like your poem see ya

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Jai Manh 18 May 2020

Thanks for this poem recitation??

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Leanna 13 January 2020

That is stupid ccccccccc

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