Poetry of Kansas

In A Cell

I had steeled myself to dream
    Of the blow, of the cry,
Of the terror if footsteps paused
    In passing by;
But how could I guess I should dream
    Of scouring the knife
And putting it back in its place,
    Where the dead man's wife,
After the time of shock,
    When she must eat,
Takes it to cut her daily
    Bread and meat?
__May Willams Ward.

May Williams Ward
page 32
(Atlanta: The Bozart Press. 1929)

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