May Swenson

(May 28, 1913 – December 4, 1989 / Utah)

Women - Poem by May Swenson

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


Comments about Women by May Swenson

  • Pranab K Chakraborty (7/23/2017 12:13:00 AM)


    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 (7/22/2017 12:50:00 PM)


    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. (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (7/22/2017 4:00:00 AM)


    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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  • (7/22/2017 3:41:00 AM)


    'Women' needs deconstuction (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (7/22/2017 2:51:00 AM)


    Ears to be! ! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (7/22/2017 2:29:00 AM)


    Interesting indeed.... Thanks for posting... (Report) Reply

  • Robert Murray Smith (7/22/2017 2:19:00 AM)


    An ironic poem that portrays the status of women. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, April 1, 2010



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