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As Joyce Freedman shows in this delightful poem, sometimes, to women, men appear to be inexplicably simply creatures.

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Shopping

Joyce Freedman

 

We agree to shop togetherman with new shoes

his needs are simple—

brown shoes like the last pair

and corduroy trousers,

brown.

We buy his five-minute shoes

and ten-minute trousers.

Done, he says, let’s go home.

 

No, that’s not how it’s done

I want to reply

but I’ve lost the power of speech.

I’m missing the leisurely coffee

where girlfriends gather to talk about dresses,

the feel of textures, the colour of lipsticks

and shoes, glorious shoes

(not brown).

 

Meekly I follow him, my willpower crushed

by his whistling. I stop to grab a lipstick

that makes me look anaemic.

At home, he waltzes around in

his new clothes. I want to break

his velvety legs and jump on his toes.

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Joyce Freedman 1

Joyce Freedman is an Aussie poet whose poems have been published in Quadrant magazine among others.

Image by airamg

 

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 I wonder where the poetry went.se-book3

Our lives are full of noise and news,

there’s always another current event

with red-faced men pounding their views

 

but poems turn up in the quiet of night:

they’ll soothe you softly when taken alone,

when rhyme and rhythm fit snug and tight

and you’re out of reach of the yabbering phone.

 

by Suzanne Edgar

 

Suzanne Edgar’s most recent book is The Painted Lady available now in:
 the bookshop of the National Library of Aust
the bookshop of the National Gallery of Aust
Paperchain Bookstore 34 Franklin St Manuka ACT, info@paperchainbookstore.com.au, 02 62956723; 
from the publisher, Ginninderra Press 79B Lipson St Pt Adelaide SA 5015

 

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I was finger painting todayfinger-paint2
But it wasn’t going well
I was all thumbs.

Charles Crompton

 Shaggy Doo Beats
Crompton Ink Publishing

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