If her horny feet protrude,

from Wallace Stevens – The Emperor of Ice Cream on Rap Genius

Meaning

That is, protrude from the sheet over her corpse, which isn’t long enough to cover her—more evidence that she wasn’t very well-to-do. “Horny” means “calloused,” but the saucier meaning (which dates from 1889 or before) may be hovering in the background also—another uneasy reminder of the world of sex and life amidst this death scene; life from the first stanza is animating this one just as the fact of the old woman’s corpse contextualizes the first.

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