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How winter blights Haworth’s thin panes,
ice crusts the vane,
but graves seem crowned
in softest down.

The sisters dip their weathered quills,
but Anne gets chills
as Emily
tips Charlotte’s tea.

They shut their eyes, they’ve seen enough,
for one now coughs
and lace reveals

a scarlet seal.


The Bronte sisters, Charlotte, Emily and Anne lived at Haworth parsonage with their brother, Branwell, and their father, Patrick Bronte who was an Anglican curate.  The sisters were very close and penned novels and poetry that are still enjoyed today. Emily died of tuberculosis on December 19th, 1848 at the age of 30. Anne followed her a year later. Charlotte died in 1855 at the age of 38. Haworth and its cemetery are now visited by thousands of Bronte fans each year. It is my dream to one day walk its halls, see the room where classics were born. For a photo of Charlotte’s goose quill click on the about this poem link. 

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  1. Date: 10/29/2012 6:20:00 AM
    Congratulations on your super placement in Nette's "Just A Minute" contest Cyndi. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 10/28/2012 6:57:00 AM
    Wowser Cyndi, always with that creative twist without that pretntiousness some inject but always the perfect balance in presenting your ideas.

  1. Date: 10/27/2012 8:34:00 PM
    You share a taste of history with excellence, Cyndi you never cease to amaze me with your writes, congrats on your super win, your in a league all of your own girl, love, vie

  1. Date: 10/27/2012 11:41:00 AM
    i love Bronte sisters....its amazing what they created in their novels considering they lived their lives mostly away from society and at such young age.....congrats on ur win Cyndi...:))

  1. Date: 10/27/2012 10:52:00 AM
    Memories back to my English literature classes! Just wonderful The Bronte sisters used to be very popular among students, at that time... Souvenirs! Gongratulations on your win, Cyndi! And thank you for being among the winners in your contest; it was a nice experience to work on the subject...:) Love, Hanitra

  1. Date: 10/27/2012 9:37:00 AM
    wow, this is amazing. I just love how you did yours, Cyndi. BIG congrats on your win.

  1. Date: 10/27/2012 8:18:00 AM
    Thanks for the background it brings a lot to the experience. Congrats on win.

  1. Date: 10/27/2012 3:53:00 AM
    Big congratulations Cyndi, well done xx

  1. Date: 10/26/2012 10:50:00 PM
    Many congrats Cyndi for this awesome win.

  1. Date: 10/26/2012 9:27:00 PM
    Cyndi, congratulations in Nette's "JUST A MINUTE!" contest.. wishing you well.. xox~PD

  1. Date: 10/26/2012 8:19:00 PM

  1. Date: 10/26/2012 7:33:00 PM
    I just recently watched an old movie about the Bronte sisters.....their story has always facinated me.....not to mention, I've always been such a fan of those old novels. (Also a fan of this clever poem!!) Congrats!

  1. Date: 10/24/2012 1:35:00 PM
    I just loved all the Brontee novels..they each had so much to give and did better at it that I..Light & Love

  1. Date: 10/24/2012 8:05:00 AM
    I have read some of their works and watched some movies based on their novels..Greatness that was so short lived..I am glad that you wrote about them..Enjoyed reading this morning..I don't know if I said a thank you for the honor of being in your winners' list or not..My memory is failing me..And my routine was changed which is not so good for an older person..Thanks for stopping by..Sara

  1. Date: 10/23/2012 10:39:00 PM
    Cyndi, this is magnificent! How sad they died so young. An early congratulations on your win, because l know this poem will rate high.