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To Our Neighbour Hattie

Story ID:6127
Written by:Richard Laurent. Provencher (bio, contact, other stories)
Organization:Retired
Story type:Poem
Location:Truro, Nova Scotia Canada
Year:2010
Person:Richard L. Provencher
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To Our Neighbour Hattie

Her man is ailing, heart
problems
they say, now she
carries the flag
taking in washing’s her thing

a wind freshens the line
friend Sally’s skirt
on the breeze
John’s pants torn yesterday
in the woods.

She’s proud of her work
best lady
in town for washing
and mending

there’s young Bill’s green socks
said Grandma picked
them out. Nancy’s pretty
towels, a wedding present
two years gone by.

Hattie’s gray hair tosses
in the wind. Can’t talk now
through a mouthful
of clothespins. Something special
about her. Some say it’s love.

© Richard L. Provencher