Countrywomen

Original Text: 
Katherine Mansfield, Poems (London: Constable, 1923): 34. 11647.e.58 British Library
1These be two
2Country women.
3What a size!
4Great big arms
5And round red faces;
6Big substantial
7Sit down places;
8Great big bosoms firm as cheese
9Bursting through their country jackets;
10Wide big laps
11And sturdy knees;
12Hands outspread,
13Round and rosy,
14Hands to hold
15A country posy
16Or a baby or a lamb --
17    And such eyes!
18Stupid, shifty, small and sly
19Peeping through a slit of sty,
20Squinting through their neighbours' plackets.
Publication Start Year: 
1923
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 2000.