- I have learned more than my
- I can drive a better bargain than
- my father,
- I have struggled long and hard___I
- have achieved something.
My father had tree tops full of
- singing birds;
- I have chimneys full of soot.
My father had gray mists on the
- I have black smoke over acres of
- smudgy bottoms.
- My father heard a tinkling bell
- and smelled the breath of the
- I hear the clang of the milk
- wagon and smell gasoline.
- My father had a hired hand at
- fifty cents a day and his
- When I need anything done I
- have to pay $2.40 per hour,
- The Union scale.
My mother had a neighbor girl
- helping about the house,
- A dainty miss,
Fit to go to church with her son;
I have a slovenly alien slopping
- about the flat,
- Quarreling with trades-people,
Cursing the laundryman___
A high priestess of the garbage
My mother had clothes to suit the
- I have a straw hat in January
- and a fur hat in July.
- My mother had a path fringed
- with sweet alysum
- Winding to the springhouse;
I have a dirty alley
With a lot of tin cans,
And one dead cat.
My parents were born to their
- My father to his cattle and his
- My mother to her lambs-wool
- And her feather-beds;
I have made my world,
That is, I helped to,
I had no hand in building the
I poisoned the cat.
__Elizabeth N. Barr.
The High Winds of Home
Elizabeth N. Barr
(Olathe: privately published. 1922)
November 28, 2002 /
John & Susan Howell /
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