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The Old Men Used to Sing

Annie Louisa Walker 1836 (Staffordshire) – 1907 (Bath, Somerset)

The old men used to sing
And lifted a brother
Carefully
Out the door
I used to think they
Were born
Knowing how to
Gently swing
A casket
They shuffled softly
Eyes dry
More awkward
With the flowers
Than with the widow
After they'd put the
Body in
And stood around waiting
In their
Brown suits.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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Annie Louisa Walker

Anna (Annie) Louisa Walker was an English and Canadian teacher and author. She was the author of five novels and two collections of poetry, and edited an autobiography. Her poem "The Night Cometh" provides the text of the popular hymn "Work, for the night is coming". more…

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