Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, APRIL CLEANING, by HELEN I. STAPP



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APRIL CLEANING, by            
First Line: My mind was stacked with dusty heaps of things
Last Line: You set blue flowers in a crystal vase.


My mind was stacked with dusty heaps of things:
Forgotten toys that lacked an arm or wheels,
Worn packs of letters tied with faded strings,
And high-top shoes with scuffed and slanting heels.
The brilliant red of newer magazines
Lay sharp against the mauve of Godey's Book,
And fancy costumes bright with tinsel sheens
Caught ropes of cobwebs in an unswept nook.
You brought the clearing fragrances of spring
Through opened panes, swept up the rolls of gray
That lined the floor, and saved each lovely thing
You found, but threw the useless scraps away.
Then in the sunlight of this ordered place
You set blue flowers in a crystal vase.





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