Poem - Girls Have A Brain Too

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This is a true story and is an account of a conversation I had back in college with a young lady and her impact on me...

Late in the afternoon soaking up the sun
My mind was blank, my body kind of numb
Thinking about school, needing a break from it all
I kept thinking how my life was going to fall

A force bearing down, my mind became aware
A lady I barely knew giving me a glare
She walked up to me and had something to say
She said, "Hey man, can I break in on you today?"

I said "Sure, I'm always an open book"
I wondered why she gave me a funny look
She said, "Why don't you have a female friend?
It seems as if you only pretend."

"What do you mean" I blurted my answer
She said, "C'mon man, you're just a romancer"
I was thinking, I'm really on the spot
I know my lines aren't going to be bought

"Hey," I said, "I have a smile for everybody
It's just I only have so much time to study
I can't be close with everyone I see
I know it looks like I only think of me"

I could tell she wasn't impressed
"You think quick but it's as I guessed
You don't care about our female pride
You just see us as a slow ride

We are people who think and talk
We don't want to be hit on and sent for a walk
Why do you think we have nothing to say?
You can learn from us how to change your way

It's a matter of seeing we have feelings too
It's time to change your point of view
I'm giving you something to think about
Maybe you can quit being such a lout

Anytime you want to talk you know where I am
Just be a friend and try to understand
Life isn't just about you and your needs
Open your eyes and see where it leads"

My mind was cracked open by the encounter
I never thought much when I was around her
All of a sudden she was more than I could tame
Here was a woman who showed me her brain

Important as she was I can't think her name
Here was new insight that pulled me from my game
There was no place for her in my future life
But she attacked the superficiality that was rife

I fought the urges of my youth and even turned it down
But I was hung up on how the power turned around
It was still a game with much deceiving
She was in my conscience, still disagreeing

It's all too simple for a young boy
Who won't see women as more than a toy
All it took was just one conversation
For a simpleton to have a revelation

It's not a card to discard in poker
It's obvious who is the joker
Using others is a losing hand
Don't treat them like grains of sand

It took years to control my inner desire
Her words lived on, but instincts conspire
Unwinding my sense of manhood was the key
We should give others their dignity

Don't pursue them because they make you stare
You must learn how to live and be aware
Being a man involves more than the pursuit
Try to learn something about life's truth

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alekhouse 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

"...Girls Have A Brain Too"

Thanks for the heads up..........


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@alekhouse - thank you... this was written from the perspective of a 20 year old womanizer....


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Dee aka Nonna 5 years ago

I will ask again. Were does it come from? You seem to get right to the heart of whatever subject/topic you are writing about. Amazing!


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Dee - thank you... this one was a true story. This lady I knew in college gave me a hard time one time so I wrote this. The encounter occurred 30 years or so ago and I wrote this up recently. I found the lady on Facebook recently and she was blown away by it... she didn't even remember the conversation....


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Dee aka Nonna 5 years ago

That is even more amazing!


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Dee - yeah it was amazing... she kept telling me how honored she felt! That was cool....


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Jaymeyaroch 5 years ago from Somewhere between today and yesterday.

I think it's nice that she took the time to let you know you were hurting people without realizing it, and that's the worst feeling ever. To hurt without meaning to.

I like the imagery, good job. Voted up!


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Jaymeyaeoch - thanks... yeah she opened an immature boy's eyes on that day.... it truly made an impression on me...


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Mousumi Paul 5 years ago

Nice story & nice poem also


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Mousumi- it was a good moment for me... but sometimes I get that James Bond feeling: see girl; seduce girl; move on to next girl... it's something a man has to tame...


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

This is beautiful,full of wisdom.Thank you.


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@always - just another example of a woman setting a boy straight...


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Calgarz 5 years ago

Wow. This is nice. =)


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Calgarz - thanks for reading and commenting... I was worried after the first comment I received that this would be misinterpreted..


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Cracknutcase 5 years ago from India,bangalore

Truly beautiful... Hats off to You as well as to that girl who changed ur perspective about females...

Voted up! Thanks for sharing :)


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Cracknutcase - it's funny to read your hub name on a hub about women's brains! Thank you for commenting. I don't know why I felt like writing this up but what she said stayed with me for a long time and I guess I needed to memorialize it...


Marina Lester 5 years ago

A fine tribute to us, thank you.

"All of a sudden she was more than I could tame

Here was a woman who showed me her brain" I'm glad it was in you to really hear and see her. In youth, I get it, but forgive me, there's a difference between animal and man and I'm glad you became the latter. :D Very good poem, again a subject on women needing to be vocalized. Stay well.


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Marina - I'm glad you like it... the young lady in the story was probably about your age at the time. she called me out and put me on the spot. We've laughed about it recently. Yeah a 20 year old guy can think like an animal (at least I did) and for some reason it takes some of us a while to grow up....


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pmccray 5 years ago from Utah

What's great about this life lesson is you did learn from it. A real man always learns from his mistakes and a real man admits it. Great poem.


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@pmccray - thank you for commentin..."A real man..." do you know any? Ha... I'm still working on it....


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Seriously poet - I hope you learned from that young man! Haha! Cute:-)


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Real - I have to remind myself sometimes because I do enjoy my caveman act on occasion!


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theseus 5 years ago from philippines

Awesome. I want to meet that lady who had the guts to speak her mind. I'd probably say "We are on the same boat."

Thank you for acknowledging that girls are more than just a pretty face.Shows that you're a gentleman.God bless you.


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Theseus - she was and is a very nice person who apparently got fed up with my "playa" ways.... It takes some men longer than others to realize many of life's truths...


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Cut yourself some slack poet - some guys just never learn!! You did!


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Real - Thanks!


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Granny's House 5 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

Fantastic! Well done.I know a few men that should read this. LOL

Voted and will share!


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Granny's house - thank you! Make 'em read it!


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Midianite 5 years ago from Australia

WOW! I can also say, in a way I can relate somewhat to this piece - or rather the concepts behind it. It's only recently I've come to be able to truly appreciate the detailed inner workings of a woman.

"Important as she was I can't think her name

Here was new insight that pulled me from my game

There was no place for her in my future life

But she attacked the superficiality that was rife"

: )


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Midianite - I had fun writing this one; the recollection made me laugh... I was a typical 20 year guy.... just looking for action. She kind of snapped me to attention. Thanks for reading and commenting!


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moiragallaga 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

Looks like a "Paul of Tarsus" moment for you Suburban Poet. It's a very beautiful story, I enjoyed reading this one. I like the way you express this significant moment in your life. Thanks for sharing.


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The Suburban Poet 4 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@moiragallaga - Yep.. kind of a "come to Jesus" moment I guess. She made me think of things that were beyond my base needs. Thank you....


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LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

Great poem! It's funny how some incident will stay with you forever, and makes an impact in your life.

Wonderful, sharing, and awesome!


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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

A brilliant poem yet again!

You rip out a part etched on your brain and verse it out in such a way that even we are compelled and mesmerized to learn from it


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The Suburban Poet 4 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@LaThing - Thank you! Yes she made a large impact and we've seen each other in the past year and had a good laugh about it...

@rahul - Thank's man... truly I appreciate your praise. It was a moment that didn't register immediately at the time but it incubated... later I realized the importance of her words. I'm not perfect but that was the start of empathy....

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