Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE PRICE OF WOMEN, by KAREN SWENSON

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THE PRICE OF WOMEN, by                     Poet's Biography
First Line: Every woman, you say, has her price
Last Line: And asked for my life?
Subject(s): Trade; Women

Every woman, you say, has her price:
a house with trees and tricycles,
a yellow porcelain sink that matches
shine to shine the kitchen cabinets,

and some are more expensive
requiring Tiffany's and other labels
draped over their luncheon chairs.

These are the bargains of love
or quiet or just another body to be by.

But are they? Isn't this the way we
counter what we will not give, a game
of poker-chip exchange - an emerald for
emotion, not an equal sign

but the ellipse of instead of -
because what would I do if
you or anyone walked into the room

in the middle of the commercial
and asked for my life?

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