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Living Room by Marie Ponsot

Living Room

by Marie Ponsot

The window’s old & paint-stuck in its frame.

If we force it open the glass may break.

Broken windows cut, and let in the cold

to sharpen house-warm air with outside cold

that aches to buckle every saving frame

& let the wind drive ice in through the break

till chair cupboard walls stormhit all goods break.

The family picture, wrecked, soaked in cold,

would slip wet & dangling out of its frame.

Framed, it’s a wind-break. It averts the worst cold.

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