Treasure Island

Jane Kenyon

(1947-1995 / United States)

Finding A Long Gray Hair


I scrub the long floorboards
in the kitchen, repeating
the motions of other women
who have lived in this house.
And when I find a long gray hair
floating in the pail,
I feel my life added to theirs.

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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  • Nika Mcguin (3/30/2014 10:28:00 PM)

    this is interesting, and quite packed for such a short poem. I find myself wondering who the women are, older generations of family, or previous owners of the house. I'm kind of hoping its previous owners of the house, because then there's more mystery about them and this may be the only way she could tie herself to them if they're strangers. (Report) Reply

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