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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 high school English in Jacksonville, Florida. Her poetry and articles have appeared in nearly a hundred publications, and she has written and had published seven books. A former columnist for The Florida Times Union,  Dorothy has written six Jacksonville histories, the first sof which earned her a Preservation Award from the Jacksonville Historic Preservation Commission in 2011.  At this point in her writing career, she has moved into fiction. Her latest novel, The Chambermaid, is set in the 1564 colony of Fort Caroline, which was located in the Jacksonville area. Dorothy still livees in Jacksonville with her husband, Hardy, close to their children and grandchildren. Learn more about her here.



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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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