marahmarie: my initials (MM) (Default)

...this poem? I can only recall small fragments of it - and some of them I might not recall correctly. This isn't the first time I've asked for help locating the full text and/or the author's name and it might not be the last since I will keep littering Google's search index with this nonsense every time it starts to bug me again until someone finally supplies the answer or else I become like the subject of the poem - whichever comes first.

Mrs. Mayer

Mrs. Mayer, Mrs. Mayer,
Growing leaner, sadder, grayer,
Her husband dead and children grown
Tends the cleaning store alone.

[A few more stanzas follow in which Mrs. M grows increasingly bitter with everything from the weather to - yeah, she sounds just like me...but still even her facade can crack when...]

Under skies of springtime blue
Mrs. Mayer smiles at you.

It's a really short and simple poem. I might've last read it 20-25 years ago (yes, so I'm getting old, too; what of it). I'm fairly sure the poem was written by a woman. I read it in a book of poems borrowed from either my high school or local library in LI, New York. The poem might've been in an anthology of less famous authors but I highly doubt it as the writing seems pretty precise and well-formed.

Someone. Please. Help. Me. Find. The rest of it?

Also, *ahem* since I'm talking about libraries, anyhow, [personal profile] silveradept - if I were to go to the library to find it, how would I locate it armed with so little information? Is that even possible?

marahmarie: my initials (MM) (Default)

First off, I'm hosting [community profile] poetry this week - which makes me just a little bit nervous! Because I'm hosting it, there's a poem I want to share but I cannot find it online (and I don't own the book I first saw it in when I was a teenager - many hundreds of moons ago, I can assure you).

So I'm hoping if I give you folks what I do know of the poem - just bits and pieces of it - hopefully you can help me fill in the missing pieces and give me the author's name as well (pretty sure the author was female if that helps; also pretty sure the poem was written sometime between say 1920-1980, if that helps; again, pretty sure the poem flowed in four four-line stanzas, but on that point, I could be wrong - if that helps).

If even one of you - but yes, the more the merrier - can help me fill in the missing pieces of this poem my gratitude will be eternal.

What I can recall of it, so far:

(Also, any words/lines I'm not sure of follow in italics...)

Mrs Mayer, Mrs. Mayer,
Growing leaner, sadder, grayer,
Her husband dead and children grown
Tends the cleaning store alone.
[for the next stanza or two, some yadda-yadda about life growing worse for her especially in colder weather, then the last lines go like this:]
But under skies of springtime blue,
Mrs. Mayer smiles at you.

I would really love to get this poem together to publish at [community profile] poetry especially in light of how it seems to not be online at all. Thank you all so much!


Originally published at [community profile] poetree before moving it to my DW over posting guidelines issues; has since been signal-boosted by [community profile] poetree admin at http://poetree.dreamwidth.org/148130.html