Sunday, March 24, 2013

As Good As

Each day is a sway between grift and grindstone.
Each day is a strange one-legged waltz, and they say
a woman's only as good as the worst man
that she lets steal her Sundays and her somedays.
Sit, and I'll offer you sweet tea and wisdom.
Or, go, and I'll show you a smile and the door.
A woman is only as good as the shine
on her floor.  I've scrubbed all my footprints away.

13 comments:

Margaret said...

that she lets steal her Sundays and her somedays. ... my floor ain't very shiny... LOVE this!

Sioux said...

Jeezle, Mama Zen. This is--like all your poetry--short and sometimes sweet and other times sharp.

I want some of that coffee you're drinking this morning...

Sylvia K said...

You are good! And I do love your words, as always!

Kerry O'Connor said...

a woman's only as good as the worst man
that she lets steal her Sundays and her somedays..

You speak truth, sister!

Ella said...

I love your poem!
Damn I need to go shine that floor!
Yes, a lot of stolen Sundays...great line~

hedgewitch said...

Oh the eloquence of that disinfected floor. The first line is classic--grift and grindstone sums it up, indeed, but what I especially like is the centering and surety of the last four lines.

Mary said...

This is truly inspired, MZ. Love it.

Susan said...

What sadness, even ironically spoken, how many believe this? What I love about this poem--as is often the case with your images--the intelligence of the images belie the message. Here I like the "one-legged waltz" and the option the narrator gives: "Sit, and I'll offer you sweet tea and wisdom.
Or, go, and I'll show you a smile and the door." I would sit, for sure.

Brian Miller said...

a strange one-legged waltz...what an interesting mental picture....ugh though, the scrubbing away of all trace of you and where you have been gave me a bit of a shiver...

Fireblossom said...

Not all of them. Guess you'll have to mop around me!

Fireblossom said...

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Oh man, she takes the spammer off just as I was making fun of him.

anthonynorth said...

Great perception in this. Loved it.