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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

July 18th, 2015

Episode 279 of 745 episodes

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 »