They Went Home by Maya Angelou

They Went Home

They went home and told their wives, 
that never once in all their >lives, 
had they known a girl like me, 
But... They went home.

They said my house was licking clean, 
no word I spoke was ever mean, 
I had an air of mystery, 
But... They went home.

My praises were on all men's lips, 
they liked my smile, my wit, my hips, 
they'd spend one night, or two or three.

thatguy1970 thatguy1970 41-45, M 2 Responses Jul 27, 2011

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Yes, I see that. And possibly she is making a statement about where a man's ultimate loyalty lies when he carries a mistress.

I am just becoming familiar with Ms. Angelou and I like her writing very much. I see your point and can read that in her words also. I think her point here is also that "possession" is what matters, not adoration, kind words and desires. It is beautiful in that way.