Something Wonderful

My post, Good Stewards, inspired me to share a poem by Jane Kenyon:

 

Briefly It Enters, Briefly It Speaks

I am the blossom pressed in a book,
found again after two hundred years. . . .

I am the maker, the lover, and the keeper. . . .

When the young girl who starves
sits down to a table
she will sit beside me. . . .

I am food on the prisoner’s plate. . . .

I am water rushing to the wellhead,
filling the pitcher until it spills. . . .

I am the patient gardener
of the dry and weedy garden. . . .

I am the stone step,
the latch, and the working hinge. . . .

I am the heart contracted by joy. . .
the longest hair, white
before the rest. . . .

I am there in the basket of fruit
presented to the widow. . . .

I am the musk rose opening
unattended, the fern on the boggy summit. . . .

I am the one whose love
overcomes you, already with you
when you think to call my name.

Form: Ars Poetica

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2 Responses to Something Wonderful

  1. Jane Kenyon was an American poet and translator. Her work is often characterized as simple, spare, and emotionally resonant. Kenyon was the second wife of poet, editor, and critic Donald Hall who made her the subject of many of his poems. Wikipedia Born : May 23, 1947, Ann Arbor, MI Died : April 22, 1995, Wilmot, NH Spouse : Donald Hall (m. 1972–1995) Education : University of Michigan (1972) Awards : PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry , Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, US & Canada

    On Sat, Jul 22, 2017 at 8:13 AM, Karinwritesdangerously wrote:

    > karinwritesdangerously posted: “Briefly It Enters, Briefly It Speaks Jane > Kenyon I am the blossom pressed in a book, found again after two hundred > years. . . . I am the maker, the lover, and the keeper. . . . When the > young girl who starves sits down to a table she will sit beside m” >

    • Hi Martha,

      Thank you so much for sharing this background on

      Jane Kenyon — I feel so happy to have found her

      poetry — so spare and elegant!

      Write on,

      Karin

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      My post, Good Stewards, inspired me to share a poem by Jane Kenyon: Briefly It Enters, Briefly It Speaks I am the blossom …

      Jane Kenyon was an American poet and translator. Her work is often characterized as simple, spare, and emotionally resonant. Kenyon was the second wife of poet, editor, and critic Donald Hall who made her the subject of many of his poems. Wikipedia Born : May 23, 1947, Ann Arbor, MI Died : April 22, 1995, Wilmot, NH Spouse : Donald Hall (m. 1972–1995) Education : University of Michigan (1972) Awards : PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry , Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, US & Canada

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