The Sampler - Poem by Gerard Geiger
The Sampler

I picture Phebee L. Porter
sitting in her home
next to the fireside.

Nimble fingers
separating strands
of thread.

Threading a needle
and weaving through
coarse linen.

Patiently etching
her name, numbers, the alphabet,
Mrs. Drake's school,
and her age 7, in 1848.

Who is most proud
of her industry?

Phebee herself, for dutifully completing
this aspect of her education?

Mrs.Drake the tutor?

Phebee's parents?

Or the Gentleman who found her
handiwork 155 years later
and hung it on his wall?


Copyright December 2003 Gerard A Geiger

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