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First Line: A long time ago
Last Line: "from having lived so many years in a heated apartment."
Subject(s): Conscience; Memory


A long time ago
In the old farmhouse kitchen
When I saw my great-aunt Sarah
Wash out her tea-cup, after tea, with her fingers
I thought,
"She is slack --"
That is what my New England Conscience whispered to me -- a child.

But last week I rinsed out my tea-cup with my fingers
And Conscience nudged Memory and laughed!
Then, I thought of my great-aunt Sarah
Long, long ago,
And I said,
"Conscience,
You must have become a little warped
From having lived so many years in a heated apartment."





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