Treasure Island

Valerie Dohren

(13 January 1947 / Southport)

I'm Just A Woman


Oh sir, I’m just a woman
How could I understand
For you are set above me
So tall and proud and grand

Oh sir, I’m just a woman
Beneath you, I am told,
Can never be your equal
How could I be so bold

Oh sir, I’m just a woman
I’ll be subservient
Walk within your shadow
I ought to be content

Oh sir, I'm just a woman
My only real true worth
To bear you many children
Perpetuate new birth

Oh sir, I’m just a woman
I know its somewhat trite
But somewhere deep inside me
I feel it can’t be right

Oh sir, I’m just a woman
When will you ever see
That I am stood above you
You should look up to me

Oh sir, I’m just a woman
And quite as good as you
And so if you don’t like it
You know what you can do ….!

Submitted: Friday, March 29, 2013
Edited: Sunday, April 07, 2013

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One for women's lib - just a bit of fun.

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  • * Sunprincess * (1/28/2014 3:59:00 PM)

    .....somehow I think two people who love each other
    would never say I am above you...they would both
    be equals and best of friends....love the humor in this write (Report) Reply

  • Joseph Anderson (4/29/2013 12:46:00 PM)

    Perhaps to true in to much of this world. Please check my response Which I am
    posting today. You have a very telling write, worth our attention (Report) Reply

  • Aftab Alam Khursheed (4/29/2013 11:45:00 AM)

    A farce to the male counterpart who thinks inferior to the women your call a feminism this the right a bold message in the form of poem with a farce thank u (Report) Reply

  • Sandra Feldman (4/17/2013 1:31:00 AM)

    GREAT! ! Val, did you write this or did Margaret Thacher? Just saw the film on her life, she Was as strong as the woman who wrote this poem. It was just greeat. Especially the last line You know what you can do Absolutely shocking to men's petty egos (Report) Reply

  • Captain Cur (4/13/2013 10:46:00 AM)

    This is why I am married to my ship. Never a question who is in charge......Cur
    Don't worry Val, Captain knows I am in charge,
    just to proud to admit it.
    Pirate Girl (Report) Reply

  • Nader Baheri (4/6/2013 8:14:00 AM)

    great poem dear Valerie.i think its not for the fun.that s a truth.women deserve to stand even higher than men.they can be like ISIS.
    the world dont forget those great women like Marie Curie or...
    maybe its not accepted in some old traditional culturs or religions but i think God has created all people equally.
    this poem is a contrast of silhouette dismay in chauvinist societies.~nb (Report) Reply

  • G.R. Gaus (4/5/2013 11:37:00 PM)

    Depending on which part of the world we may live this poem has much truth and value, male chauvinism once in fashion, now I see on the decline, at least where I live. Well written and the point well taken, even if it was for fun..... (Report) Reply

  • Yasmeen Khan (4/2/2013 10:36:00 AM)

    A bitter truth, we are made feel like this but I believe woman is wonderful creature on her own without being comapred to man. a good read (Report) Reply

  • Kelvin Owusu (4/1/2013 2:10:00 AM)

    i love this, any man who believe women are beneath them are not real men, a lovely piece (Report) Reply

  • Chandra Thiagarajan (3/31/2013 11:10:00 AM)

    Though you say it's just for fun, you have revealed a great truth and the way the poem is composed, hats off to you, Valerie! (Report) Reply

  • Neela Nath (3/30/2013 9:19:00 PM)

    It's a tragedy, that still women have to stay in this male-dominated world and have to claim for their right..I can just say- - -How long O Lord, how long? Wonderful poem Val, well-constructed, nicely rhymed, powerfully woven with the thought. (Report) Reply

  • Lyn Paul (3/30/2013 9:52:00 AM)

    Wow Valerie, Truly Amazing. You show full strength in this one and how we women admire You (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Halls (3/30/2013 9:42:00 AM)

    A nice tongue in cheek poem Val a change from your usual poems.
    That has inspired me to do I'm just a Man poem, to balance it out.
    So keep an eye out for it very soon! (Report) Reply

  • Diane Hine (3/30/2013 1:28:00 AM)

    This is a hoot! The sequel could be called 'I'm Only Human';
    first line - 'Oh God, I'm only human'. (Report) Reply

  • Unwritten Soul (3/30/2013 1:01:00 AM)

    Haha, after all how tall the man is, how strong he is, how influential he is but when he was a lil he always need someone called mother...and oh a mother is a woman...so who say woman is unequal to man, all humans are meant to be someone that really important to each other..._Soul (Report) Reply

  • Titi Dale (3/29/2013 6:57:00 PM)

    So true: -) if you look to the last, women have not been allowed many things. But look where we are now! Thanks for this, Valerie! Great poem: D (Report) Reply

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