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This poem is taken from PN Review 126, Volume 25 Number 4, March - April 1999.

Two Poems E.A. Markham

Hurricane, Volcano, Mass Flight

The five eggs in the dining-room
Must be turned each day to keep them fresh.
Their dish, still unchipped
Draws the eye of visitors. If the hens

Lay today, add washed eggs
To the prize and remove the first laid
For breakfast. Remember to dust all
Glassware and wipe the surface of the cabinet.

If there's no one left for housework
Leave one of the children behind to see
To things: the horse won't live for ever
And pigs and goats are things of the past.

But fruit in the garden must be picked,
Picked up; rabbits out of the hutch
Kept down; the lawn cut, yard swept.
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