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Frau Bauman, Frau Schmidt, and Frau Schwartze by Theodore Roethke | Saturday, July 18, 2015 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Gone the three ancient ladies Who creaked on the greenhouse ladders, Reaching up white strings To wind, to wind The sweet-pea tendrils, the smilax, Nasturtiums, the climbing Roses, to straighten Carnations, red Chrysanthemums; the stiff Stems, jointed like corn, They tied and tucked,— These nurses of nobody else. Quicker than birds, they dipped Up and... Read more »