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Lillian, Althea, Hattie, Zada
May 31, 2005
Praise all folds, crinkles, gathers,
pleats both sharp and rumpled,
corrugated cardboard’s columned smocking.
Praise sun-dried blue jeans and raisins’
ancient sweetness: old hymns’
complex thought clothed in easy rhymes.
Praise creases: English walnuts:
each human brain dreaming a future
while claiming the past. Now, praise
time’s thousand cranes: wrinkles
and grandmothers’ recycled names.