Poetry of Kansas

A Learned Lady

"Had I your eyes," pert girls have said,
    "I'd use them." And they would.
For men have never tempted me.
    They said, "She's good. She's good."
 
I envied those who danced and kissed.
    And even those who fell.
They learned, I knew, things I had missed.
    While I earned my D. L. L.
 
I planned to burn one candle up,
    To fling one merry dance.
I did. And every male I've met
    Has given me a chance.
 
Enclosed in gilt parenthesis
    Are words of double glow.
Have scales dropped from my eyes, think you?
    Or do they know I know?

__Margaret E. Haughawout.

 

Sheep's Clothing
Margaret E. Haughawout
Page 55
(Pittsburg, Kansas: __. 1929)

 
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