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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed. (1878–1962).  Anthology of Massachusetts Poets.  1922.
 
Country Road
 
Marie Louise Hersey
 
 
I CAN’T forget a gaunt grey barn
  Like a face without an eye
That kept recurring by field and tarn
  Under a Cape Cod sky.
 
I can’t forget a woman’s hand,        5
  Roughened and scarred by toil
That beckoned clear-eyed children tanned
  By sun and wind and soil.
 
Beauty and hardship, bent and bound
  Under the selfsame yoke:        10
Babies with bare knees plump and round
  And stooping women folk.
 

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