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Living with a Man
Dorothy K. Fletcher


means having to sleep
without covers
when you want them
windows open

when you want them
closed and tight
means confusion
in the living room

newspaper glasses
hats and dishes he
forgets to put up
and underwear lost

under the bed so
you don’t find them
when they’ve got
to be ready to wear

for luck in games men play
and you don’t understand
or even want to watch
on T.V. or hear on radio

but this man brings
a joy to your soul
makes you laugh
out loud at antics

and jokes and tickling
and he gets you
not to take the world
so seriously then when

the cold wind howls
he lets you crawl up
next to his warmth
and stay comforted

facing together the world
which looms too big
for anybody
to face alone

© by Dorothy K. Fletcher.
Used with the author's permission.

Dorothy K. Fletcher retired in 2007 after 35 years of teaching English in Jacksonville, Florida. Her poetry and articles have appeared in more than eighty publications, and she is the author of four published books. Dorothy resides with her husband, Hardy, in Jacksonville, where they are close to their children and grandchildren. She spends her days working on her monthly column, "By the Wayside," which she writes for The Florida Times Union. Learn more about Dorothy at


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Dottie, I am glad to finally get a glimpse of you and read your poem. Now on to your website. Thank you for sharing your love.
Posted 02/14/2011 07:26 PM
Joe Sottile:
This man likes the above poem a lot!
Posted 02/14/2011 10:25 AM
so true, SO true, so TRUE! AH LOVE!!
Posted 02/14/2011 08:47 AM

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