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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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