Date: April 7, 2020

Duffy’s World’s Wife Collection Reflection

I never thought much about poems. I didn’t mind reading them in English classes but never particularly looked forward to either; they always felt like a long list of phrases that took too long to understand. But after reading The World’s Wife collection, I surprisingly found it enjoyable to go through the entire process of annotating and understanding the poems on a deeper level. The last page of the lesson where we had to come up with the ‘moral story’ behind each poem was especially intriguing and fascinating because I realized how the issues Duffy was discussing were very applicable to our lives, felt relatable and empowering. I then proceeded to write my own poem inspired by Duffy (posted previously).


A poem inspired by Duffy


It’s been 3 years now, and I know that’s a shame

On an airplane was when you came

I let myself play a game on a whim

but I didn’t realize I’d be so deep in


You come and go like the waters

and I wanted it but was too tender

Don’t know what we’re fighting for

Back and forth shutting doors


It’s been 3 years now, and I know it’s time to go

But all these wasted times can’t just be thrown


I need to know

how this will go


So please tell me

We can’t get it right

cause there’s just been too much flight


I wanted it but was too stubborn

Now I’m letting you know

It’s been 3 years now, and I’ve let you go

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