This is a lovely poem making you think about your place in time and some of the characters you may find yourself rubbing against. It might also improve your vocabulary. Read the definitions I added at the bottom.
Then Memye Curtis Tucker
Grandmother’s grandmother’s peakcocks in the yard,
a house held up by handmade bricks,
the only rug in Early Country, Georgia—
back then this was wealth.
They didn’t know it was the olden days.
They thought it was Now.
And the Great War didn’t know it was WWI,
and Adam and Eve didn’t feel prelapsarian.
“I’d be married if I’d known the last man asking
would be the last,” said our chorus leader,
Miss Theopian, who made us dress
in white and begin every performance
with a hymn to quiet the audience.
At the flea market down the road, gleaners
are buying other people’s lives. Peacocks
strut on vintage fruit crate labels, anonymous
ancestors judge from their hand-carved frames,
battered red baking powder tins still
hold white spoonfuls wanting to be angel cake,
released into now, into here, where the past begins.
prelapsarian: pre·lap·sar·i·an adj
relating or belonging to the biblical time before Adam and Eve lost their innocence in the Garden of Eden
the·oph·a·ny n the appearance of a god in a visible form to a human being
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