Elizabeth Smart

(27 December 1913 - 4 March 1986 / Ottawa / Ontario)

Elizabeth Smart Poems

1. O Poor People 1/13/2003
2. Blake's Sunflower 1/13/2003
3. A Bonus 1/13/2003
Best Poem of Elizabeth Smart

A Bonus

That day i finished
A small piece
For an obscure magazine
I popped it in the box

And such a starry elation
Came over me
That I got whistled at in the street
For the first time in a long time.

I was dirty and roughly dressed
And had circles under my eyes
And far far from flirtation
But so full of completion
Of a deed duly done
An act of consummation
That the freedom and force it engendered
Shone and spun
Out of my old raincoat.

It must have looked like love
Or a fabulous free holiday
To the young men sauntering
Down Berwick...

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