April 14, 2010

FreeVerse: Independent Man

This weekly event is hosted by Cara from Ooh...Books!. Today I would like to share a poem by the poet Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000).

The Independent Man

Now who could take you off to tiny life
In one room or in two rooms or in three
And cork you smartly, like the flask of wine
You are? Not any woman. Not a wife.
You'd let her twirl you, give her a good glee
Showing your leaping ruby to a friend.
Though twirling would be meek. Since not a cork
Could you allow, for being made so free.

A woman would be wise to think it well
If once a week you only rang the bell.

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