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If Man Were an Island

If man were an island,
Woman would be a continent.
I know this because
I must have a man in my life.
It is a fact that embarrasses me.
I have known many; married two.

They were such a disappointment.
From the bedroom to the garage,
From the vows to the denials,
Marriage was nothing more than
Mothering a needy male of the
Species known as Homo sapiens.

They wouldn't carry in the groceries
Or carry out the garbage.
They wouldn't pick up a sock
Or wash a dish.
They wouldn't do enough
To free me to do the rest.

There wasn't any reason for
Them to exist.
There was no intimacy.
I did without; not knowing
What I was missing until
I was old, worn out, and lonely.

God should have made Eve
and left the extra rib for
the wolves.

Copyright © Madalin Bickel | Year Posted 2013


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  1. Date: 3/28/2016 11:08:00 PM

    Madalin Bickel, well done. LINDA
  1. Date: 8/11/2015 10:55:00 AM

    Madalin, enjoyed reading today.... SKAT
  1. Date: 1/7/2013 7:24:00 PM

    When marriage is run like a business, the human heart goes awry