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The Old House On the Croton 1749

someone

first coming to this

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house packed his

wife and baby

scotch roses and yellow

poppies from her

father's house

in crates with some

shovels, lace

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the baby crying through

the tall grass

through the mud

mud on Joanna's slippers

mud and blue jays

silk hung on a branch to dry

and the gold threaded

tapestry,

its blue velvet

seeming so strange

in the house that day