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First Line: Honey I'd split your kindling
Last Line: & my dove
Subject(s): Farm Life; Mountains; Agriculture; Farmers; Hills; Downs (great Britain)

Honey I'd split your kindling
clean & bright
& fine
if you was mine

baby baby
I'd taken to you like my silky hen
my bluetick bitch my sooey sow
my chipmunk my finchbird
& my woodmouse
if you was living at my house

I'd mulch your strawberries & cultivate
your potato patch
all summer long
& then in winter
come thirty below & the steel-busting weather
I'd tune your distributor & adjust
your carburetor
if me & you was together

be it sunshine be it gloom
summer or the mean mud season
honey I'd kiss you
every morningtime
& evenings I'd hurry
to get shut of the barn chores early
& then in the dark of the night
I'd stand at the top of the stairs & hold the light
for you for you
if you'd sleep in my room

& when old crazy come down the mountain after you
with his big white pecker in his hand
you would only holler
& from the sugarhouse
the mow the stable
or wherever I'm at
I'd come god I'd come running to you
like a turpentined cat

only in our bed
no hurting
but like as if it was
or new-baked bread
I'd fuck so easy
sweet-talking & full of love
if you was just my daisy
and my dove

Used with the permission of Copper Canyon Press, P.O. Box 271, Port Townsend, WA
98368-0271, www.cc.press.org

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