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DEVOTION, by            
First Line: She stole a moment from each day of toil
Last Line: The grass is clipped, and flowers are planted there.
Subject(s): Family Life; Women; Man-woman Relationships


She stole a moment from each day of toil
To nurture blossoms in a rainbow mass,
And in a squared-off plot she sheared the grass
About her house. Her husband tilled the soil.
He thought it nonsense thus to slave and moil
For flowers. He would sit and read the news
And figure up what were his debts and dues.
He 'lowed she did enough to bake and broil,
To bother with the butter and the milk,
To feed the chickens and to gather eggs,
He could not see why they should tire their legs
To cut the grass or work for poppies' silk.

Her grave is beautifully kept. With care
The grass is clipped, and flowers are planted there.





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