The happiest moment in a woman’s life
Is when she hears the turn of her lover’s key
In the lock, and pretends to be asleep
When he enters the room, trying to be
Quiet but clumsy, bumping into things,
And she can smell the liquor on his breath
But forgives him because she has him back
And doesn’t have to sleep alone.

The happiest moment is a man’s life
Is when he climbs out of bed
With a woman, after an hour’s sleep,
After making love, and pulls on
His trousers, and walks outside,
And pees in the bushes, and sees
The high August sky full of stars
And gets in his car and drives home.

Analysis, meaning and summary of David Lehman's poem Sexism

5 Comments

  1. Ms. Otgon says:

    How simple and true one like the life. Good job, Mr. David Lehman.

  2. P. says:

    I agree, this one is definitely a good poem. I find it familiar only not knowing which role do I play whether the man or a woman. Lovers feel this way otherwise they would switch from “lovers” to “officials” and all the magic would evaporate…

  3. angie says:

    IF YOU WERE TO UNDERSTAND IT AND READ MORE THAN ONCE THEN MAYBE AIR HEADS WOULD GET IT THIS IS A GOOD POEM AND ITS TRUE THE TITTLE COULND NOT HAVE BEEN BETTER

  4. Carole says:

    I agree with Cassandra! this is the worst poem ever!!!! I was searching for some information in a poem, or something meaningful but this is just crap!

  5. cassandra says:

    this is a stupid poem!!!!!!!!!

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