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Genoways, Ted / Anna, washing
(2001)

The letter,   pp. 7 ff.


Page 7


The Letter
Dear Anna,
           you will wake to find me gone,
 not to return. Please do not wait for me.
 More than just my maid, these months, from dawn
 until dusk, you have nursed my misery.
 You must know, dear Anna: it isn't you
 or Abe, or even my sweet boy dying
 before my eyes...
                  Yes, I see him-it's true-
every night, but it's his mother's crying
that haunts me, watching her press those blue lips
to her gasping breast, begging him to feed.
If she had lived, it might not have come to this.
Now any house will have you as its maid.
Take care of Abe, and pray you understand:
raising a child is no place for a man.
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