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RANCH WOMAN, by            
First Line: She skimmed sour cream with a wide flat spoon
Last Line: She tasted nectar only wild bee sips.
Subject(s): Ranch Life; Women


She skimmed sour cream with a wide flat spoon
Of ancient pewter tarnished black and sere;
It was the last of things that she held dear....
Her set mouth caught the humming of a tune
Her heart would faintly sing; still all too soon
A toll was paid to weedy stubborn sod
With the loam she packed in a barrel-hod
That interred her youth in a still lagoon.
Downy chicks she fed that huddled to each other,
Then brushed the floor of sand the men-folk track;
Sheep were sheared of fleece from trembling back,
Staring bewildered at each bleating brother.
Yet when her small son kissed her shriveled lips,
She tasted nectar only wild bee sips.





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