50 - 50 By Langston Hughes
I'm all alone in this world, she said,
Ain't got nobody to share my bed,
Ain't got nobody to hold my hand -
The truth of the matter's
I ain't got no man.
Big Boy opened his mouth and said,
Trouble with you is
You ain't got no head!
If you had a head and used your mind
You could have me with you
All the time.
She answered, Babe, what must I do?
He said, Share your bed-
And your money, too.
I like this poem because I like strong women. The women on both sides of my family tend to be strong. We read a poem by Langston Hughes earlier this year and I liked it and started looking at more poetry from the Harlem Renaissance. This poem made me laugh; I can see some man saying this to me and me laughing in his face!