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Here I am in the garden laughing

by Grace Paley (she died yesterday, August 23, 2007)
Here I am in the garden laughing
an old woman with heavy breasts
and a nicely mapped face how did this happen
well that's who I wanted to be at last a woman
in the old style sitting
stout thighs apart under
a big skirt grandchild sliding
on off my lap a pleasant
summer perspiration that's my old man across the yard
he's talking to the meter reader
he's telling him the world's sad story
how electricity is oil or uranium
and so forth I tell my grandson
run over to your grandpa ask him
to sit beside me for a minute I
am suddenly exhausted by my desire
to kiss his sweet explaining lips.