Don't Need A Man

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I clearly don't need a man

I can mow my own lawn

reset the breakers

relight the pilot


make my own wage

raise my children solo

shuffle calendar days

and still find time to play


happily dance unchaperoned

purchase my own lingerie

dine with a girlfriend

take in a movie alone


"so why survey the room

why bother with perfume

what's playing in your brain

this mischievous grin, you must explain"


though Miss Independence I pretend

this complication arises

the one little snag that does me in

I'm adoringly addicted to men

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Tony DeLorger profile image

Tony DeLorger 5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

Love it, RB. And me to women; such a complication. Take care


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ahorseback 5 years ago

Interesting isn't it , this addiction to the opposite sex . I've always thought I could live without a woman if ,just if , it wern't for all the little things that I love , the curves , the way they tuck their hair behind an ear, the delicacy of their hands, neck and heart shaped faces, tiny little ankles and toes , ........oh hell Randy you know all this already ! !......:-}


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trooper22 5 years ago from Chicago

"I'm adoringly addicted to men" And I thank the gods that you are :)


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Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Thanks Tony. Yep we can do without each other; it just aint' any fun.

Hi Ahorseback! I have a laundry list like that too. Well mine's a little different :)

Hey stranger! Nice to hear from you Trooper.


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mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

You write beautiful poetry, you read your poetry beautifully, AND you can relight a pilot light!!! Glad I stopped by.


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Mentalist acer 5 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

I hope they never come up with a patch or ten step program to treat this addiction to an emotional touch.;)

Remarkably Witty Randy.;)


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica

Can't live them, can't live without them!


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Hear Me 5 years ago from Somewhere in Florida

It's true, there is a difference between "need" and "want". You know the difference!


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Tom Rubenoff 5 years ago from United States

Gloria Steinem is attributed to saying, "A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle."

Still, a fish might want a bicycle, no?


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Katharella 5 years ago from Lost in America

Ace! I love owning my own house (even after the hurricane and waiting for repairs.) Excellent write!


Poetic Fool 5 years ago

And thank God too! Loved this one RB! Us guys often feel the same way about women.


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attemptedhumour 5 years ago from Australia

A glorious truth for most of us. I'd be lost without my wife, as without her I'd have no one to tell me what was doing wrong. Sir Galahad could be around the next corner, so stay scrubbed up, just in case.


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Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Thank you mckbirdbks, yep I got skilz.

I agree MA, this is one addiction I'm happy to keep.

Its a strange truth Cardisa.


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Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

The wants are the fun ones HM!

My kids sing a song about fish riding bicycles, but I had forgotten that cute saying Tom.

Hi Katharella. I like running my own house for sure.

Poetic I'm sure the feeling is mutual for many of us.

Hi AH. Scrubbed up is a nice show of appreciation.


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JamaGenee 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

Randy, I kept avoiding reading this hub because I soooo wrongly assumed it would be just another men-basher. Therefore I'm delighted to find it ISN'T, that instead it's a brilliant piece of word smithery every man should read and remember any time he's around a female.

To paraphrase Cardisa's comment: Can't live with 'em, can't shoot 'em, but I sure do ENJOY savoring a delicious piece of eye candy! ;D


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ahorseback 5 years ago

Maybe Cardisa is right , Maybe its as simple as that . After all the power of any pair of lovers boils down to who is ahead of the other in holding this power of love over the other. If I make it seem that I dont need her .....then I win ? If she says "I can do without you "then she wins.....? Either way , whatever way , we all need each other! There is no relationship more powerful than equal partners ...and knowing it! I must be careful I'm revealing secrets !....:-}


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Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Jama, sitting here I can't figure out what I would ever bash. Then it dawned on me, bashers themselves! They are the one group of people that I have difficulty loving. The people that think they are better than other's for some reason or another be it religion, politics, race, height, shoe size... Those people seriously bug me. :D


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Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

@ ahorseback -The words power and love in the same sentence.... hmmm.


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saddlerider1 5 years ago

Well you may be miss independent when it comes to all those daily chores and just plain out living, but like Palmer sang " I'm addicted to Love" me thinks you are right when you say your addicted to men:-))) I've always loved the scent of a woman, however I to can live on my own and do most anything a woman can do but deliver babies, YIKES-OUCH-The pain of it all, I know I suck.

But when it comes to having fun and going out dancing and dining, I would sooner be in the company of a woman any time. They make me tingle all over and the close of the evenings are always most adventurous. That's when the power starts and the lights get turned off and the candles lit and the fire flickers in the fireplace while the music is turned down low and closeness settles in over our hearts, minds and souls.


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Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Mmmm Saddle, a delicious combination, we women and men, especially when not taken for granted.


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JamaGenee 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

Yes, a delicious combination when the relationship between a man and a woman is based on **respect** for one another's strengths and weaknesses.


Claudia Schönfeld 4 years ago

this made me smile..i found me nodding and nodding while i read along...independent as we are...still...yes - i too need a man..


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Randy Behavior 4 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Well at least you said "a" man Claudia. I think I need a gaggle of them :)


Doug Turner Jr. 4 years ago

Vintage Randy here. Every line is crucial and every word is a weapon. I really like the italicized little number right before the end; it felt like a chorus, asking timeless questions. Fun, poignant, interesting. Good stuff.


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Randy Behavior 4 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Well hello Mr. Turner! Thank you for popping by. Vintage eh? Am I a good year?


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Tony DeLorger 4 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

You're always a good year RB!


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Randy Behavior 4 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

;) Thanks Tony


Ghaelach 4 years ago

Hi Randy.

I just love reading your poems and as a newby to your hubpage they have certainly given me an awakening.

But what i like is that most of you ladies love most of us men, although some girls as you say need a gaggle of us.

Me, i just love all those things that you have and i don't have.

Take Care and don't over do things there's always tomorrow.

LOL Ghaelach


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ahorseback 4 years ago

Come on Randy You know the reality of power and love in the relationship ! All the shrinks say so! Not that I'm a power freak or believe in it! ......:-}I love the way you write. Its powerful....lol:-}


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Randy Behavior 4 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Greetings! Viva la difference, right Ghaelach? Thanks for reading me and nice to meet you.

Yes ahorseback power often comes into play in a relationship. I just don't think power has any place in a healthy relationship, unless its place is in the bedroom.


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blaise25 4 years ago from close to you...

Miss Sexy Independent, I loved this one


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Randy Behavior 4 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Hi Blaise! Thanks for popping by.


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What Is Q 4 years ago from Tennessee

Hey, we have something in common. I also don't need a man. Even though it'd be nice to have someone else purchasing my lingerie. I get what you're saying, though, and I feel the exact same way towards women.


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Randy Behavior 4 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Hi Q :) It so much more attractive to be wanted than needed, I think.


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Enigmatic Me 4 years ago from East Coast Canada

Such fun. We live the lives of many in the facade of living one. The independent woman, the single solo mom, the handy woman about the house they all need the sun. So, with words and looks, sly grins and plaintive thoughts, what we think we can live without is actually for naught.

Happy is the journey that is shared with one we love, sometimes the one we love is 'me', so the journey is solo. But lucky for us you share a part of you and we are not alone, we relish in your wordsmithing and feel like were coming home!


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Randy Behavior 4 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Awwww, thank you EM; you are so sweet.


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Enigmatic Me 4 years ago from East Coast Canada

Depends on the day ;)


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Jewels 4 years ago from Australia

I mow my own lawns too, but I'm over it. From one independent to another - nice piece.


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Randy Behavior 4 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Hi Jewels. Thanks but I have to admit I bought a rider recently.


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Jewels 4 years ago from Australia

Cheater! But what fun that would be tearing up the grass. How fast does it go?


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Randy Behavior 4 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Not sure but fast enough that a rider not paying attention could easily get impaled by a poorly trimmed apple tree!

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