Madam and Her Madam, by Langston Hughes

Madam and Her Madam

I worked for a woman,She wasn't mean—But she had a twelve-roomHouse to clean.
Had to get breakfast,Dinner, and supper, too—Then take care of her childrenWhen I got through.
Wash, iron, and scrub,Walk the dog around—It was too much,Nearly broke me down.
I said, Madam,Can it beYou trying to make aPack-horse out of me?
She opened her mouth.She cried, Oh, no!You know, Alberta,I love you so!
I said, Madam,That may be true—But I'll be doggedIf I love you! - Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes