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Lola Haskins - Mary's Duties

He is rid away to the tenant farms
and I take up my pen to list
the shakings-out and openings.
And my thin letters lean as sails
that, though driven, cannot arrive.

May the ninth, I write.
And: Mrs. Ferguson.
Unbutton the bed pillows
and plump them to the air.
Then: Take the curtains down
and with your broom unseat
the spiders' webs. Open

the windows and leave them
wide and here the thread trails
off, among the cottages
with their spring festoons of eggs
pricked with pins and blown,
fragile as the blacksmith's daughter
dreaming in the sun, who lifts
her skirts above her white knees.

I pull back behind a hedge.
Let her not meet me, with my dry pen. 

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Poet: Lola Haskins
Poem: Mary's Duties
Poem of the Day: Jul 24 2013

Comment 2 of 2, added on June 26th, 2007 at 1:14 AM.

"He is rid away"? How completely awkward this strikes me. Yes, this is an atrocious piece of crap and it really does make you wonder, to answer your question, LJ. And what's more amazing is that there are only two of this person's poem posted here so are we to take it that this is somehow a sterling example of her work?

ea
Comment 1 of 2, added on June 24th, 2007 at 3:09 AM.

Dry pen? Devoid of wit and sounds more like a case of
writers block? i am curious,how many poems do poets
need to put in a book??

LJ from Australia

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