Joseph and Anne

Like your patrons’ acres

at Cally, marriage

united your assets

fourteen girls and boys


schooled for gendered society

by their everyday, family life.

Was it harder for you Anne

with a house to keep


and a husband

who was also your

master? Nothing left

here now but the footprint


of a home drawn in daffodils

a fallen order returning

each spring to trumpet

nature’s hegemony.


Clare Phillips

The Temple: Diary

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