Women Poem by May Swenson


Rating: 2.8

Women Or they
should be should be
pedestals little horses
moving those wooden
pedestals sweet
moving oldfashioned
to the painted
motions rocking
of men horses

the gladdest things in the toyroom

The feelingly
pegs and then
of their unfeelingly
ears To be
so familiar joyfully
and dear ridden
to the trusting rockingly
fists ridden until
To be chafed the restored

egos dismount and the legs stride away

Immobile willing
sweetlipped to be set
sturdy into motion
and smiling Women
women should be
should always pedestals
be waiting to men

Bernard F. Asuncion 22 July 2017

Interesting indeed.... Thanks for posting...

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Pranab K Chakraborty 23 July 2017

University students of different part of world perhaps enjoy a common and oft-quoted saying.... wonderful instrument for enjoyment.... abbreviated form is wife. Here also see such resemblance about women but with painful satire. Almost the common status expected by men to women, exposed skillfully. Thanks to PH for putting this one. Pranab k chakraborty

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Bharati Nayak 22 July 2017

When I read this poem, I just feel sad.Whether in East or West, the picture is same for women.The status of women has changed so little in about 100 years.

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Rajnish Manga 22 July 2017

Realistic portrayal of the status of women in the society.... any society with some + or - in degrees. It is so even after so much social, political, financial and moral-legal support forthcoming. The world, by and large, is still driven by a male-is-dominant mentality. Thanks. egos dismount and the legs stride away should always pedestals.... be waiting to men

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Douglas Scotney 22 July 2017

'Women' needs deconstuction

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Edward Kofi Louis 22 July 2017

Ears to be! ! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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