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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Oh yeah! Brilliant idea!!! Amazingly done! :)))

Posted 9 Years Ago

Welcome to my world, It's strange for s man to sometimes get a small glimpse of how a woman views this world, I for one love women and their femininity, their intuative intelect :0)

Posted 9 Years Ago

You took a simple image, and pulled out such an abstract concept and make something big out of it. Well done.

Posted 9 Years Ago

This was very well put together. Every woman should be allowed to be a woman even in the most man setting. While I was reading this I thought of the song "Its a man's world", but we've changed it to "Its a woman's world". Great job, and I loved the picture you used.
♥ Ta'Shandra

Posted 9 Years Ago

Well put together, makes quite a point or ten! Your words are poetically put but are as businesslike as those men's suits, you make firm statements with a gentle hand. And, I have to admit to understanding the theme more than some because I used to think this way .. but, have learned a little over time!

Good to see you back, and, thanks lots for your reviews. x

Posted 9 Years Ago

Amazing! man is this true woman should be allowed to be woman even when their in a mostly man setting. I really liked the picture you used for this

Posted 9 Years Ago

What a brilliant life you breathed into that image.. a story with depth and richness... And how we all stand searching for our place.. who we are in the midst of conventions and culture.

Posted 9 Years Ago

BRAVA...BRAVA....the best I have read in my span of readingtonight....I loved every inch of it not because I am a woman but because of the pop culture....WE are a known commodity, spending wise, but they will not allow us to be equal with pay.....this was so good .....

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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