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Courtyards in Delft

-Pieter de Hooch, 1659

(for Gordon Woods)

Oblique light on the trite, on brick and tile-
Immaculate masonry, and everywhere that
Water tap, that broom and wooden pail
To keep it so. House-proud, the wives
Of artisans pursue their thrifty lives
Among scrubbed yards, modest but adequate.

Foliage is sparse, and clings. No breeze
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