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Garrison, there used to be

October 13, 2005 |

Garrison, there used to be a woman poet with three names whose poems you used to read on the show. I haven't heard her poems in a very long time and miss them. Has she died? Is there a collection of her work out somewhere? Thanks for keeping us sane all these years.

Marilyn Hall
Silverton, Oregon


Marilyn, the poet's name is Margaret Haskins Durber, she was the poet laureate of Lake Wobegon, and no, she hasn't died, she just stopped writing good poems and started writing the other kind. But I liked one she did lately---


Loveliest of trees, the maple now

Is turning yellow on the bough.

It stands among the trees of green,

All dressed up for Halloween.

Now of my three score years and ten,

Sixty-three won't come again.

Subtract from seventy, sixty-three,

It scares the daylights out of me.

And since to look at things sublime,

Seven years is not much time.

Itís rather sobering for a fellow

To see the maples turning yellow.

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