Tuesday, April 11, 2017



Even the right man
Must wait for the right time
Because mother is right
That “career first” is the right path.

But when you're on the left path
Your heart keeps looking for the right man
You left behind
For all the right reasons

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2017

“It was while she was in high school that Malvina first met William “Bud” Reynolds, at a socialist dance. He was a merchant seaman, seven years older, handsome, and even more shy than she. He was self-educated, having left school after the eighth grade. They read poetry to each other in Golden Gate Park, but when he proposed, she refused. Encouraged by her mother, she had her sights set on college and a career.

She married someone else, and so did Bud. He ran for governor of Michigan on the Socialist ticket, with the slogan, “You provide the evictions, we’ll provide the riots!” They found each other again after she was divorced, and this time she said yes.”



  1. I love your layered uses of 'right' and 'left', Mary Lee. What a revelation of her character and a romantic story, too.

  2. I enjoy the play with the words right and left. I'm glad they found the right time to be together.

  3. Love this poem of love lost and found!

  4. Oh, that Bud -- what a ticket!
    I love that she married him later - that her heart kept looking behind her.


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