Poetry

Marjorie Howard Johnson: Two Poems

Miss Anderson’s Doorbells Miss Anderson taught us Latin: Silky white hair in a sidelift French twist. She might have been a Calvinist. Sober with dignity, crispspoken, cool. Her school dress was dark blue rustling crepe, And gold-rimmed pearl buttons strode down Over her overhung robust bosom, Begging to be rung.                          Marjorie Howard Johnson       Daughters Don’t Cry Daughters don’t cry when their fathers die, There is not time. There’s Mom, for one, She needs a face To hang her pale questions on. There’s the undertaker to put in his place, And the minister, who will eulogize Without…

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