Jane Kenyon

(1947-1995 / United States)

Finding A Long Gray Hair - Poem by Jane Kenyon

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.


Comments about Finding A Long Gray Hair by Jane Kenyon

  • Fabrizio Frosini (12/15/2015 1:14:00 PM)


    I forgot the title.. ;)

    Finding A Long Gray Hair

    - ITALIAN:

    Trovando un lungo capello grigio
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  • Fabrizio Frosini (12/15/2015 10:01:00 AM)


    Strofino 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.

    - ITALIAN:

    Strofino le lunghe assi del pavimento
    della cucina, ripetendo
    i movimenti di altre donne
    che hanno vissuto in questa casa.
    E quando trovo un lungo capello grigio
    galleggiante nel secchio,
    Sento che la mia vita si è aggiunta alla loro.
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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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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003



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