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She came every morning to draw water
Like an old bat staggering up the field:
The pump's whooping cough, the bucket's clatter
And slow diminuendo as it filled,
Announced her. I recall
Her gray apron, the pocked white enamel
Of the brimming bucket, and the treble
Creak of her voice like the pump's handle.
Nights when a full moon lifted past her gable
It fell back through her window and would lie
Into the water set out on the table.
Where I have dipped to drink again, to be
Faithful to the admonishment on her cup,
Remember the Giver fading off the lip.
Literally meaning "diminishing," this word is used to mean "to become less loud," or "to decrease in loudness or intensity." In this line, it means that the clattering of the water in the bucket becomes less loud as it fills.
Usually referring to music, it is the "highest range of sound." Here, it is used to denote the Subject's high-pitched voice.
On a house or building this is a triangular peak. Often in the roof or set with a dormer window.
Admonishment can mean to tell someone to do something; to order about. It can also mean to speak to someone in a way that denotes disapproval or criticism.