Natasha Trethewey

Natasha Trethewey Poems

1. Domestic Work, 1937 1/13/2003
2. Letter Home 1/20/2003
3. Flounder 1/20/2003
4. Theories Of Time And Space 3/13/2014
5. Myth 3/13/2014
6. Incident 3/13/2014
7. South 3/13/2014
8. History Lesson 3/13/2014
9. Providence 2/27/2014
10. Elegy For The Native Guards 3/13/2014
11. Pilgrimage 2/27/2014
12. Miscegenation 2/10/2015
13. Vespertina Cognitio 3/13/2014
14. Kitchen Maid With Supper At Emmaus, Or The Mulata 2/27/2014
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Domestic Work, 1937

All week she's cleaned
someone else's house,
stared down her own face
in the shine of copper--
bottomed pots, polished
wood, toilets she'd pull
the lid to--that look saying

Let's make a change, girl.

But Sunday mornings are hers--
church clothes starched
and hanging, a record spinning
on the console, the whole house
dancing. She raises the shades,
washes the rooms in light,
buckets of water, Octagon soap.

Cleanliness is next to godliness ...

Windows and doors flung wide,
curtains two-stepping
forward and back, neck ...

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