“One Day A Woman” by Miller Williams
Poetry 180: A Poem a Day for American High Schools, Hosted by Billy Collins, U.S. Poet Laureate, 2001-2003
One Day A Woman
One day a woman picking peaches in Georgia lost her hold on the earth and began to rise. She grabbed limbs but leaves stripped off in her hands. Some children saw her before she disappeared into the white cloud, her limbs thrashing. The children were disbelieved. The disappearance was filed away with those of other women who fell into bad hands and were soon forgotten. Six months later a half-naked man in Kansas working on the roof of the Methodist Church was seen by half a dozen well-known and highly respected citizens to move directly upward, his tarbrush waving, until he shrank away to a point and vanished. Nobody who knew about the first event knew of the second, so no connection was made. The tarbrush fell to earth somewhere in Missouri unnoticed among a herd of Guernsey cows.
from Imperfect Love, 1986
Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge, LA
Copyright 1986 by Miller Williams.
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Reprinted by permission of Louisiana State University Press from Imperfect Love. Copyright 1986 by Miller Williams. For further permissions information, contact Louisiana State University Press, P.O. Box 25053, Baton Rouge, LA 70894-5053.
About the Poet
Miller Williams (1930-2004) was born in Hoxie, Arkansas in 1930, the son of a Methodist clergyman and civil rights activist. Williams is the author of 14 poetry collections, including Time and the Tilting Earth: Poems (Louisiana State University Press, 2008).
Learn more about Miller Williams at The Poetry Foundation.