things are what I like best,
spinning wheel and a teakwood chest,
lamp, a teapot, and a cherry stand,
cared for by a gnarled old hand.
Hardy, an octogenarian, was a long-time educatorteacher
and principal. She completed a BS, double major, in social studies,
receiving First Diploma at Delta State University. She also received
a BS in elementary education, an MS in Special Education, and
an MS in Supervision/Administration. As a child she had a river
for a playground; she was born and raised in an old house that
faced the Ohio River and served as a station on the Underground
Railroad. As an adult she has lived in the Mississippi Delta near
a bigger riverin the same old housefor sixty years.
She wrote this poem as a young woman.