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