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Nash, Edith / Practice the here and now: selected writings of Edith Nash
(2001)

Nash, Edith
The lesson,   p. 43


Page 43

The Lesson  43
When I was a child
I was always laughing
I hear this from
Outside-the-family people
The Inside thought me sad
The photographs can be read
Either way
Sometimes I can remember
My father and I, outdoors
Picking up pretty snakes
To look at them
It was early spring
Snow on the ground
The little snakes were sleepy
From their long winter's nap
And I was just waking up
To see things, to feel objects,
To notice
How my father smelled
He was teaching me
How to like the snakes
How to play with them
And be careful.


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