‘The Old Flame’ by Robert Lowell

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by Robert Lowell

“My old flame, my wife!
Remember our lists of birds?
One morning last summer, I drove
by our house in Maine. It was still
on top of its hill –

Now a red ear of Indian maize
was splashed on the door.
Old Glory with thirteen stripes
hung on a pole. The clapboard
was old-red schoolhouse red…”

You can read the complete poem here. Robert Lowell died on this day in 1977. You can read more of his poems through Surrey Libraries.

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