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THE ROCKER

Across the room across many rooms

Since 1830 it waits    stoically

Puckered leather back

Sunken a bit from rocking

About an inch    or some inches

Lower for the smaller ones

The armrests’    well-worn finish

Buffeted to golden

Down to their essence

So long at rest     hands

That reached for the rounded

Scroll-like knobs

Over almost two centuries

Blemished

By all the tug and lift

That helped us rise

 

Jean Cassidy  2023

art and education, family history, wnc poetry, women arts, women writers

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