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First Line: Beside the weather-boarded shanty
Last Line: Forgotten and neglected.
Subject(s): Cruelty; Desolation; Poverty


Beside the weather-boarded shanty
A gnarled old cedar tree
Leans toward the crumbling chimney
As friends in misery.

The window panes are broken out
And a crude built rocky mound
Is the only makeshift doorstep
From the porch floor to the ground.

Could this stooped and bent old woman
Drawing water from the well
With heavy chain and battered bucket
Be someone's mother, who can tell?

Living alone in desolation
Unloved and unprotected
In poverty and want she lives
Forgotten and neglected.





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