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The Lady Visitor In The Pauper Ward

Rating: 3.1
Why do you break upon this old, cool peace,
This painted peace of ours,
With harsh dress hissing like a flock of geese,
With garish flowers?
Why do you churn smooth waters rough again,
Selfish old skin-and-bone?
Leave us to quiet dreaming and slow pain,
Leave us alone.
Michael Walker 19 December 2019
The lady is not welcome in the poorhouse. The men were in peace until she arrived 'With harsh dress...With garish flowers? ' The paupers want to be left 'to quiet dreaming and slow pain'. From my visits to similar rest homes, there is a lot of pain to be seen and sensed. They can be depressing places, not where I want to be. Graves is better writing shorter poems, than his too-long ones. The criticism applies to many other poets.
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