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TWO GRANDMOTHERS, by            
First Line: One grew pale lilies in the shade
Last Line: Remembering when her heart was flame.
Subject(s): Grandparents; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers


One grew pale lilies in the shade,
And lady-like, attended mass;
She thought black gloves and bonnets made
To curb desire, and shield the lass.

One laughed and loved with Life, and trod
Her hills and fields in sun and rain,
Grew happy when the fertile sod
Would yield, and stock grew fat with grain.

The other with tight lips repressed
All worldly joys; with pious look
She'd mold wild tumults in a breast
To patterns of an ancient book.

One sprayed her pillows with perfume,
Gave festivals ... the village came,
She placed sweet rose jars in each room,
Remembering when her heart was flame.





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