Shear (Sheer) Joy – Hope Madison

Shear (Sheer) Joy

Hope Madison (for Ruth Edwards)

Maine’s twilight winds remain yet crisp,
Circumference of the moon a wisp.
Sheep huddle in the friendly barn,
Oblivious of colored yarn
Turned into sweaters, mitts and socks,
The while grandmother hums and rocks.
Like Hope the sheep are very sure
Their thoughts of you will long endure.

Hope Madison was a faithful member of Central Church for many years. She had cerebral palsy and was confined to a wheelchair. She died in 1997. Hope signed her poems: “Who Else,” “ Nobody Else,” “The Unknown Soldier,” or “Sosew.”

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