it is another of gwen harwood’s social satires. however, krote, the protagonist of the poem, is the antithesis of eisenbart: eisenbart personifies pure reason; krote emotion and art. both are tragic comic figures. krote is a misunderstood and unsucessful The comedy is in the way the two meet in the park, later in life, when she feels so dishevelled and disordered. Her embarrassment is reflected in the niceties they exchange and her exaggeration and embellishment of her life as a mother raising her children. But she puts on a brave front. Their conversation is superficial, bright, but their mutual unease is transparent. He thanks God for the life he has, while the persona wallows in her self-pity and exaggerated comment that, as a woman, she feels “eaten alive by her children”. Do the pressures of raising children impact men and women differently? How can you be happy when you want to fulfil the inner artist and self too?