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
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.