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Find work poem

Adel A

Find work poem
I want a paraphrase of find work poem By Rhina P.Espaillat

14 Apr 2019      

United States

This poem says that work is a good way to cope with pain and loss of loved ones.


Find Work 

My motherīs mother, widowed very young
of her first love, and of that loveīs first fruit,
moved through her fatherīs farm, her country tongue
and country heart anaesthetized and mute
with labor. So her kind was taught to do—
"Find work," she would reply to every grief—
and her one dictum, whether false or true,
tolled heavy with her passionate belief.
Widowed again, with children, in her prime,
she spoke so little it was hard to bear
so much composure, such a truce with time
spent in the lifelong practice of despair.
But I recall her floors, scrubbed white as bone,
her dishes, and how painfully they shone.
Rhina P Espaillat 

18 Apr 2019