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Poetry Friday

A dear friend died this week, much too young, much too painfully.

All I can come up this week is a brief excerpt from Donald Hall’s “Without”, written after the 1995 death of his wife, poet Jane Kenyon, from cancer,

hours days weeks months weeks days hours
the year endured without punctuation
february without ice winter sleet
snow melted recovered but nothing
without thaw although cold streams hurtled
no snowdrop or crocus rose no yellow
no red leaves of maple without october

no spring no summer no autumn no winter
no rain no peony thunder no woodthrush
the book was a thousand pages without commas
without mice oak leaves windstorms
no castles no plazas no flags no parrots
without carnival or the procession of relics
intolerable without brackets or colons.

You can read the rest of “Without” here in Donald Hall’s book of the same name.

Christine at The Simple and the Ordinary is hosting today’s Poetry Friday round up. Thank you, Christine.

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13 Responses

  1. Condolences on your loss. Losing anyone is hard, but young is really hard, and feels so much sadder somehow.

  2. Becky, I’m sorry for your loss.

    That was a beautiful excerpt. Thank you for introducing me to this poet.

  3. I have read another of Hall’s poems and they are raw and powerful.
    Sorry for your loss.

  4. Condolences on the loss of your friend. This was a beautiful tribute.

  5. Mary Lou, hornblower, Mme T, and Christine — thank you.

  6. Very very sorry to hear about your sadness.

  7. I’m so sorry to hear about your friend. This poem captures that helpless feeling of loss so well.

  8. Becky, I’m so sorry for your loss and sadness. Thank you for sharing Hall’s lovely (if bleak and heartwrenching) poem. I will send healing thoughts your way.

  9. Thanks, Suzanne, Sara, Kelly.

  10. Hi Becky… I’m sorry I’m late with this but you’ve been on my mind since Friday.

    So sorry to hear about your friend’s death.

    Warmly,
    Rebecca

  11. Rebecca, just in time in fact. Thanks.

  12. I’m late too, and sending you heartfelt condolences… how sad…

  13. Thanks, Penny.

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