Portrait by a Neighbour by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Before she has her floor swept
     Or her dishes done,
Any day you'll find her
     A-sunning in the sun!

It's long after midnight
     Her key's in the lock,
And you never see her chimney smoke
     Till past ten o'clock!

She digs in her garden
     With a shovel and a spoon,
She weeds her lazy lettuce
     By the light of the moon,

She walks up the walk
     Like a woman in a dream,
She forgets she borrowed butter
     And pays you back cream!

Her lawn looks like a meadow,
     And if she mows the place
She leaves the clover standing
     And the Queen Anne's lace!

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