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Martha Collins
From Prairie Schooner, Vol. 85, No. 3 (Fall 2011)

and then when they couldn’t afford
it but they did afford it they hired
Cecil to wash iron clean once a week
my mother picked her up and took
her back to the colored section of town
and once she had my mother to lunch
with her friends and sometimes they
prayed together including the day
before my wedding for which she served
the reception although she also came
to the service we all loved her loved
her wisdom I loved her beautiful crown
of braids who knows what she felt what
did I know about her ask her first name