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.

Analysis, meaning and summary of Jane Kenyon's poem Finding A Long Gray Hair


  1. Kara says:

    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.

  2. Lokita says:

    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.

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