Poetry of Kansas

The Best Housekeeper in Town

There were newspapers spread
From table to door
Lest anyone tread
On her fresh-scrubbed floor;
And she polished the windows
Pane by pane,
Inside and out, after
Every rain.
The day was bright
When they buried her
But the hearse was a sight--
One splashy blur
From yesterday's mud;
And The News, unread,
(With her death-notice in)
Fell with the spread
Sheets on the floor.
Her husband tripped
Over them . . . burned them . . . swore
__May Willams Ward.

May Williams Ward
page 22
(Atlanta: The Bozart Press. 1929)

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