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Short poem

Sarah Morgan Bryan Piatt (1836-1919)

"We Women"

              1Heart-ache and heart-break always that or this:
              2    Sometimes it rains just when the sun should shine;
              3Sometimes a glove or ribbon goes amiss;
              4    Sometimes, in youth, your lover should be mine.

              5Still madam frets at life, through pearls and lace
              6    (A breath can break her pale heart's measured beat),
              7And still demands the maid who paints her face
              8    Shall find the world forever smooth and sweet.

Online text copyright © 2004, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Palace–Burner: The Selected Poetry of Sarah Piatt, ed. Paula Bennett (Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2001): 87.
Publication date note: Appleton's Journal (Jan. 1878)
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2004
Recent editing: 1:2004/4/15

Form: quatrains
Rhyme: abab

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