Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Saturday House

Huldah Isham, wife of Joshua, Bolton Connecticut, 1803
Late in the May of eighteen three
by furrowed field and budding tree
the family rafters fill with flame...
while Huldah heedless under the hill
rinses the clothes at the spring until
back toward home with load on hip
which out of her hand abruptly slips...
when a smouldering slump is all she sees
aa pile of ash in a field of trees…

But neighbours turn out in a neighbourly way
and rebuild her house ... by Saturday.


Inconsequential said...

cool story :)

Back when folks really did help each other.

Good stuff.

Alok said...

the message in the story ...... anyone listening? i hope they do in twenty O eight