Living In A Man's World

Living In A Man's World

A Poem by Marie Harrison

A poem for Devon's Image Contest


Living In A Man’s World

Drawing from 

This robust cigarette

Bummed from a neighbor,


Searching for

Some sort of balance

For being a feminine woman

Active in the roughness

Of a man’s world,


Lately, as these tedious hours

Tick away

My jubiliant spirit has faded,


How I long to run wild and free

From the boundaries

Of this stale dwelling,


Shedding all of my uncertainties,

 Engaging wholeheartedly

In all of my life pursuits,


But this is a man’s world,

Filled with clouds of cigar smoke and

Outlandish bravado swaggers,

Outside of my unscathed petal rooms

Softness is rarely tolerated


Pink hues,

Flowers and sweet perfume

Have no place

Once I escape

These walls of lace


Being feminine is a felony

Out in this haggard world

Unless I’m flat on my back

And it’s bedtime


Working the same professions

And hours as a man,

Living practically

The same lifespan,

Yet his wages

By far outweigh my own


Why should I dress

Like a steely business man?


With all the

Rigid pen stripes,

               Baggy long pants,

                            Restricting power suits,


Hiding my soft round curves

And smooth silky skin

From the wandering hands and 

Eyes of this hungry world?


With my clever intellect

And my feminine intuition,

Perhaps I’ll stay secure

In here for awhile

And watch the scattered men

Scramble by.

© 2011 Marie Harrison

Author's Note

Marie Harrison
When I saw this image, this is what I saw.

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"Hiding my soft round curves
And smooth silky skin
From the wandering hands and
Eyes of this hungry world?"

Brilliant write! Loved your perception here.
"Perhaps I’ll stay secure
In here for awhile
And watch the scattered men
Scramble by."

Why not indeed, yes lets watch those 'scattered men scramble by."

You are a woman after my own heart. Good job!

Posted 9 Years Ago

Pure brillance, the imagery was so vivid!

Posted 9 Years Ago

Great from start to finish1 Love the ending as well.

Posted 9 Years Ago

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This is a wonderful piece and to women (for the most part) very true.
Well written poem, love the ending

Posted 9 Years Ago

I do like the ending how you describe her clever intellect and feminine intuition for these are the last things that men see in a women if they see it at all. I like this little glimpse into the woman by the window smoking a borrowed smoke thinking about her role in a man's world. Interesting indeed.

Posted 9 Years Ago

This is quite wonderful, really enjoyed this write.

Posted 9 Years Ago

This is a great write on the trails and difficulties of trying to fit into a world that sees you as weaker in so many ways.

Posted 9 Years Ago

Magnificent write. There is a vintage element in this poem and in this picture that I like.

Posted 9 Years Ago

You pose some interesting musings. Never apologize for being a woman. Nice.

Posted 9 Years Ago

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38 Reviews
Added on August 3, 2011
Last Updated on August 3, 2011
Tags: Woman, Business World, Masculine and Feminine Contrasts


Marie Harrison
Marie Harrison

Atlanta, GA

Momma told me to get out and enjoy life, so now I'm going to dance. more..


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