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Jane Kenyon - Finding A Long Gray Hair

I scrub the long floorboards
in the kitchen, repeating
the motions of other women
who have lived in this house.
And when I find a long gray hair
floating in the pail,
I feel my life added to theirs.

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Poet: Jane Kenyon
Poem: Finding A Long Gray Hair
Volume: Otherwise: New & Selected Poems
Year: Published/Written in 1997

Comment 2 of 2, added on April 20th, 2006 at 12:35 AM.

I like this poem because it is kind of short, and it has a meaning to it. She has lived in that house since forever, and when she finds a grey hair she knows that once before that 3 other woman have lived in that house. She is picturing herself becoming old, and one day she wont be there anymore, her grand kids will.

Kara from United States
Comment 1 of 2, added on December 7th, 2005 at 1:54 AM.

I love this. It was so powerful and deep, well 2 me anyway. And yet from being those 2 things it was still so very short.

Lokita from United States

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