Return to Content

Poetry of Claire Hersom

Poetry of Claire Hersom
0 votes, 0.00 avg. rating (0% score)

Anadama Bread

 

Winter was the worst.
The farm windows iced inside, wind howled
down off the upper field; through the gauze
curtains it kissed our foreheads, noses buried
in featherbed crazy-quilts. Wooden spindle
framed our heads. It was too cold for ceiling mice.

 

We always had to pee just before dawn.
When the woodstove fire dwindled,
you could see your breath.
I’d poke my sister to come down the loft stairs
out to the three hole-r in the shed; an unbearable deed.

 

We’d pull on the crocheted slippers from Great Aunt Ann,
only holding heat for a few steps, down we went,

hands entwined, the flannel nighties hoisted up,

our little derrieres hovering; then jack rabbit quick,

back we went to snuggle while the snow stung the tin roof edge.

Tags:

Sign-up for Yankee Magazine's FREE enewsletter!

and get a free digital issue, plus 30% off in the Yankee Store

Your New England Minute
Yankee Recipe Box
Yankee Exclusive Offers
Great Yankee Giveaway
Yankee's Travel Exclusives Newsletter

One Response to Poetry of Claire Hersom

  1. Doris Matthews February 13, 2009 at 7:32 pm #

    One of my jobs on the farm as a young girl was to help my grandfather when it was time to slaughter a few chickens for our family of 7 children, my two sets of grandparents and my mother and father. Being fleet of foot, I would chase and chase until I successfully tackled a chicken and proudly delivered it to him where he promptly slit its throat and drained the blood before dunking in the pail of hot, steaming water. Reading your poem brought the smell of that pail right back into my nose!

Leave a Reply

Comments maybe edited for length and clarity.