Poetry Appearing in Poetry In Motion® Portland

Old Person

Elizabeth Woody

Stoking the fire, boiling the water for cooking.
Telling a moment the time.
Traded words are beads or buttons,
sewing the moccasins
to make care a covering.
The soft palms of grief and comfort, a pair,
enfold the downturned face.
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"Old Person" from Luminaries of the Humble.
Copyright © 1994. Reprinted by permission of the University of Arizona Press. 


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