For Dorothy, 47

March 25, 2012
By rfaybeau SILVER, Springfield, Virginia
rfaybeau SILVER, Springfield, Virginia
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Favorite Quote:
"Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth -- more than ruin - more even than death.... Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid. Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man."
Bertrand Russell

In the summertime
she'd keep her tea in these
big mason jars and

grow tomatoes
in her backyard and

even wipe her hands on
an apron that always
to be about two sizes too
big for her and

wipe her face, sweat-
stained by the watercolor
sun and

take one gigantic step
over the afternoon
which had
dirty cheeks just
like her and

retire to sheets
impeccably clean
and then,

before falling asleep
she'd wonder how she
became so aged
without ever really
growing old

The author's comments:
This poem was inspired by my grandmother, one of the strongest women I've ever known. She had a certain effervescence about her, but something about that vivaciousness seemed to belie a deep and concentrated pain.

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