A Single Woman

by June Labyzon

(Inspired by Nina Simone's song of the same title)

The payback of
a woman's single life
might just look like
The wanderlust
of this solitude is
a sophisticated jinx.
It is uncivilized to
the coupled.
It is a birthright
To those who desire it
There are no limitations,
though one can become a slave
to the nocturnal
stalked by the secrets of
dreams; love poems
to forbidden lovers
She holds no remorse,
For being sacrificial
holding loose words
whispered on rooftops
close to her bosom
Dances of vulnerability,
moments without
limitations or promises.
She will always remain
strong In the power of


Posted on 10/16/2014
Copyright © 2021 June Labyzon

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Philip F De Pinto on 10/18/14 at 12:51 PM

this is as beautiful and powerful and sensitive and soul provoking poem as you've ever penned. I concur there is strength in One, but only as it applies and relates to another's One. There cannot be one, lest there is two, via which to make comparison. Thus to be One in this case is akin to a lactating breast, in need of syphoning by what we call our Baby, the external Baby and not the inner, the former most essential to the process of diminishing such wean lest such untended milk overwhelm the breast, and flood, creating Venice in the soul, which for all its drawbacks has its potential side, for how fortunate of One to be a gondolier in such other One?

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