Nervous and cold, bird-furtive

agnes old woman

Here’s an excerpt from a long poem by Theodore Roethke:

 

from “Meditations of an Old Woman”

 

How can I rest in the days of my slowness?

I’ve become a strange piece of flesh,

Nervous and cold, bird-furtive, whiskery,

With a cheek soft as a hound’s ear.

What’s left is light as a seed;

I need an old crone’s knowing.

 

 

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Published by ahiggins2013

poet, birder, senior citizen, cancer survivor, Catholic sister. Eight books of poetry published: At the Year’s Elbow, Mellen Poetry Press 2000; Scattered Showers in a Clear Sky, Plain View Press 2007; chapbooks: Pick It Up and Read, Finishing Line Press 2008, How the Hand Behaves, Finishing Line Press 2009, Digging for God, Wipf and Stock 2010, Vexed Questions, Aldrich Press 2013, Reconnaissance, Texture Press 2014, and Life List, Finishing Line Press, 2015.

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