Grace Paley Poems

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1.
Here

Here I am in the garden laughing
an old woman with heavy breasts
and a nicely mapped face
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2.
This Life

My friend tells me
a man in my house jumped off the roof
the roof is the eighth floor of this building
the roof door was locked how did he manage?
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3.
Walking In The Woods

That's when I saw the old maple
a couple of its thick arms cracked
one arm reclining half rotted
into earth black with the delicious
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4.
The Poet's Occasional Alternative

I was going to write a poem
I made a pie instead it took
about the same amount of time
of course the pie was a final
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5.
Autumn

What is sometimes called a
tongue of flame
or an arm extended burning
is only the long
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6.
One Day I Decided

One day I decided to not grow any older
lots of luck I said to myself
(my joking self) then I looked up at the sky
which is wide its bluenessits whiteness
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I did not want to be dependent on autumn
I wanted to miss it for once dropp into
another latitude where it wasn't so
well knownI wanted to show that beauty
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8.
The Boy His Mother

she said
you were a wonderful boy this evening
at a dinner among friends so attentive so
grown up the boy's heart oh his ribs
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9.
Words

What has happened?
language eludes me
the nice specifying
words of my life fail
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10.
Reading The Newspapers At The Village Store

this morning
the hills rolled over
in mist the hot
watermaking sun
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