Poetry of Kansas

The Heirloom

She nags her husband
That they have no car.
She has lost all track
Where her sisters are.
Her children are impudent
And underfed;
She reads cheap novels
And buys store bread;
In leisure moments
Her fingers fly
Sewing the widest lace
She can buy
On mercerized cottons
For her cedar chest,
And putting "lazy-daisy stitch"
On some, for "best".
The homespun linen
Her forebears wove
Is on the kitchen table
By the rusty stove.
__May Willams Ward.

May Williams Ward
page 23
(Atlanta: The Bozart Press. 1929)

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