“Without” by Donald Hall
“Otherwise” by Jane Kenyon
“Wild Geese” by Mary Oliver
No one who knows me is surprised that I came up with 3 poems instead of one for Poem in Your Pocket Day–I actually had 8 and took hours deciding on these 3 that refused to be set aside….
Today is a harsh day. I’m in my home in the East Hampton woods –the sun’s high, the plum trees are flowering and the weeping cherry and my chest caves in with the absence of my Dad to share this holiness– gone 2 and 1/2 years ago after 99 and 1/2 of life– not long enough never enough when the life is loved. Then I read Donald Hall’s “Without” -the book and the poem and the fire erupted again in my chest and someone-some deep trusted soul came in and sat beside me holding my grief in his hands.
To come back to blossom and life and every minute counts and we’re each a perfect creation, I sought out Jane Kenyon’s “Otherwise” and Mary Oliver’s “Wild Geese.”
All good things,