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PORTRAIT OF A WOMAN, by            
First Line: Her kitchen window opened to the west
Last Line: Knew sunset was her one extravagance.
Subject(s): Women


Her kitchen window opened to the West
And framed each day the miracle that made
The prairie less than prairie, more a bowl
Of blended gold and rose and light and shade.
Sunset was hers, enclosed in white pine frames,
And if, too often, light bread burned because
The miracle was too dazzling for her mind
To grasp, at once, its brilliance and the laws
That govern white cob fires and baking bread,
The gods forgave her, though her family chanced
To voice complaint. The gods, who knew her best,
Knew sunset was her one extravagance.





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