Girl up the road whose mailbox says "The Miller Family"

Girl up the road whose mailbox says "The Miller Family"

A Poem by An Ordinary Woman
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weird stuff I notice

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She has lots of children, I think.
So many that she's too tired
          some days
she wears patchwork flannel shirts 
and jeans three sizes too big.
I see her in the yard arranging things
sandbox, tether ball, badminton.
Or sweeping the deck, 
her arms swinging back and forth,
long brown hair bending with each stroke
The yard has swings and slides
& riding toys galore,
so many things she must tend to.
She has lots of children, I think
Although I've never seen one. 

© 2015 An Ordinary Woman



Author's Note

An Ordinary Woman
I'll work on this a hundred times before it's done.

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I like this! It's haunting and human. Is she suffering from unfulfilled hope, or from loss, or is she simply the mother of a whole lot of children who simply never appear in public? It leaves the reader wondering, and feeling caught between curiosity, empathy, and sadness.

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

An Ordinary Woman

2 Years Ago

thank you my friend and it's quite good to see you here. Are you writing? Hmmm. I'll go see if you h.. read more



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I am not sure if this poem has a certain meaning. This poem shows me a sense of darkness and the kind of purple bags you get under your eyes when the coffee maker's to slow but still determined to work a 48 hour shift. It shows me a woman can be so restless and sheepishly tired that she can barely function. But as a woman we can still save a life, make something better, blow someones mind, etc. Even though the coffee maker isn't working, women can find something to make others glad theirs were. I also would like to admit, it does leave the reader wondering about the children that have never been seen.

Posted 1 Year Ago


This moves me. I love that you notice these things and have immortalized this neighbor whose actions and surroundings seem to speak loneliness, even though I would expect something else. You have done a marvelous job with this.

Posted 1 Year Ago


I love how you conjured this up, making it read like someone we all know, if only we looked a little deeper.

Posted 2 Years Ago


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maybe she`s getting ready for a day care,loved the write

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

An Ordinary Woman

2 Years Ago

thank you and yeah, that's a good thought!
I like this! It's haunting and human. Is she suffering from unfulfilled hope, or from loss, or is she simply the mother of a whole lot of children who simply never appear in public? It leaves the reader wondering, and feeling caught between curiosity, empathy, and sadness.

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

An Ordinary Woman

2 Years Ago

thank you my friend and it's quite good to see you here. Are you writing? Hmmm. I'll go see if you h.. read more
Some people are just naturally needing to be working on something at all times. It is a trait I truly admire… fine work extraordinary lady.

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

An Ordinary Woman

2 Years Ago

Thank you Dale. I admire her too...also curious. Maybe I'll meet her someday.
i know about working on poems 'forever'...as for this, it's a little scary, maybe a little sad, maybe very sad; or just maybe children have all grown up and moved away, and now she's waiting for the grandkids...

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

An Ordinary Woman

2 Years Ago

Thanks much my friend. It is a curious situation, isn't it? So sad to see. Let's hope for the grandb.. read more
It can't get any better. Write something else instead. (advice from a weirdo)

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

An Ordinary Woman

2 Years Ago

Not a weirdo! But thanks. I have been looking for words for a long time Don.
Wow..you said a lot while only writing little. Its like a whole short story in
A little poem. You made me feel like she was my neighbor and I'm looking everyday for her children.
Great job.

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

An Ordinary Woman

2 Years Ago

Thanks Lady friend!
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Gee
Really like what you've written,conjures up a great picture.Intriguing.

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

An Ordinary Woman

2 Years Ago

Thank you!
Gee

2 Years Ago

You're welcome

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