the sheep lady from algiers

By Patti Smith b. 1946 Patti Smith
nodding tho' the lamps lit low
nodding for passers underground
to and fro she's darning and
the yarn is weeping red and pale
marking the train stops from algiers

sleeping tho' the eyes are pale
hums in rhythum w/a bonnet on
lullaby a broken song
the sifting-cloth is bleeding red
weeping yarn from algiers

lullaby tho' baby's gone
the cradle rocks a barren song
she's rocking w/her ribbons on
she's rocking yarn and needles oh
it's long coming from algiers

Patti Smith, "the sheep lady from algiers" from Early Work 1970-1979. Copyright © 1994 by Patti Smiith.  Used by permission of the author and W. W. Norton & Company, Inc. This selection may not be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means without the prior written permission of the publisher.

Source: EARLY WORK: 1970-1979 (W. W. Norton and Company Inc., 1994)

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Poet Patti Smith b. 1946

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Subjects Living, Sorrow & Grieving, Social Commentaries

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Singer, songwriter, playwright, and poet, Patti Smith has been influenced by artists as diverse as Arthur Rimbaud, Bob Dylan, Antonin Artaud, Jimi Hendrix, William Blake, and the Rolling Stones. As a high school student she was interested in jazz and poetry, and her early creative works were poems. Drawn to the act of performing her work, she read her poems with a guitarist, eventually adding an entire band.

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SUBJECT Living, Sorrow & Grieving, Social Commentaries

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

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