Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, INHERITANCE, by ANNA HEMPSTEAD BRANCH

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INHERITANCE, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: They left to me their house and land
Last Line: And no one speaks to me.
Subject(s): Inheritance & Succession; Heirs

They left to me their house and land
Who am the next of kin,
On what was theirs I lay my hand
And freely I go in.

Before the hearth where they did sit
I speak my "yes" and "no" --
I am the master over it,
That once did come and go.

I would repeat the bitter sting
Of all my early need --
Yes, I would own not anything
But have Them here instead.

I would resign my years of right
If I could hear Them say,
"We cannot let you go tonight"
Or "Come and spend the day."

Now, this estate is all my own,
As far as eye can see,
But not a voice breaks the air
And no one speaks to me.

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