Sunday, April 22, 2007

NaPoWriMo #20

What She Left Behind

Elizabeth Robertson 1674

Item: ane oak standing bed
but no man to share it with her,
grandsons, but no sons
Item: ane old plough
and the plough graithe,
a horse to pull it
a mare to ride.
Item: four kine
Item: eight bolls of corne,
one boll of bere,
three firlots of wheat
sufficient for the winter,
and to plant for the next.
Item: the utensils and domicils
of her household and body
Item: three fir kists,
to store the above.
Having gathered these goods,
she recommends her soul
to the Lord almightie
hoping and trusting to be saved,
and passes from life with a small sigh
having walked lightly on the earth
and lightly left it.


For the prompt "ten items or less" at Poetry Thursday

Elizabeth Robertson was my ancestor.


Anonymous said...

WOW, that is excellent! Thanks also for the poetry book recommendations, I ended up getting one of them for Pip for her birthday and we sat around reading aloud to each other. Great fun!

Anonymous said...

I didn't see the title on this one the last time I read it. I like that she has a name and we can set her in a particular moment in time.