Janet Lewis

Girl Help by Janet Lewis (from The World Split Open, edited by Louise Bernikow)

SplitMild and slow and young,

She moves about the room,

And stirs the summer dust

With her wide broom.

In the warm, lofted air,

Soft lips together pressed,

Soft wispy hair,

She stops to rest.

And stops to breathe,

Amid the summer hum,

The great white lilac bloom

Scented with days to come.

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