Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, OLD MATTIE, by LAURA BULMER



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OLD MATTIE, by                    
First Line: She comes and sits beside my door
Last Line: We smile and wish each other well.
Subject(s): Native Americans - Women; Squaws


She comes and sits beside my door;
An Indian woman, old and gray,
And as I feed her broken bread
We talk before she goes her way.

She smiles and shows me from her pack
The gleanings of her wandering day,
Old coats, old shoes or anything
That white folks gladly give away.

She sits awhile and weaves a bit
Upon a basket made to sell,
And as I stand to watch her work
A bit of gossip tries to tell.

I hardly understand her words,
Few thoughts can we exchange or tell,
But as she lifts her pack again
We smile and wish each other well.





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