Though it might seem like the man in "Beale Street Love" has the upper hand – it's his fist that is doing all the crushing and blackening – Clorinda, the female, has something to say before the end of the poem. She has the last word, and that last word is a command. So while we're reading a poem that is apparently about violence against women, the gender dynamics aren't as clear-cut as we might think.
At the end of the poem, Clorinda flips the stereotypical gender roles on their head by issuing her partner a command.
Even though Clorinda commands her romantic partner at the end of the poem, she still lacks power. In fact, that command represents the true power her partner has over her; he has so much control that he manages to manipulate Clorinda into asking for abuse.