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The Pea Soup
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Agatha Award 2006
Best Children's/YA Novel
Down the Strings
The Great Circus
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Nancy Means Wright

    Anna's Goat

    (From the painting: Tobias and Anna by Rembrandt, 1626)

    Here's Tobias, sunk in his chair like
    an old boat, sails ragged and out
    of wind, reeking of garlic,
    onions and bird droppings—the cargo
    it carries.  The bearded head flung
    back to the light from a window he'll
    never see again, the callous
    hands knotted in prayer: Sorry I am,
    he bleats, for accusing me, Anna,
    of stealing the goat when he's not
    sorry, no.  God!  So little trust between us.
    Even the mutt, springing to greet me,
    licking my sandaled toes, sniffing
    the goat—but not husband, no—only
    the pointing finger: You took it,
    you!
    And all those back-aching hours
    I worked on that punitive farm.

    He's wailing now, beating his breast,
    absorbed in self, while I, like a thousand
    other old wives milk the cow, scour
    the house, concoct a meal of mutton, peas,
    gruel he'll slop on his lap, then
    complain I starve him—him!  when all
    the hunger is mine—watching that
    pious old boat rock and rock all day
    at its mooring, with no destination in sight.

by Nancy Means Wright                   

 

Published in Comstock Review, '08: "Poem of special merit"

 

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