February 14, 2014

Let Evening Come

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--Description: 21st, Kenyon J., Contentment, Night


Let the light of late afternoon
shine through chinks in the barn, moving
up the bales as the sun moves down.

Let the cricket take up chafing
as a woman takes up her needles
and her yarn. Let evening come.

Let dew collect on the hoe abandoned
in long grass. Let the stars appear
and the moon disclose her silver horn.

Let the fox go back to its sandy den.
Let the wind die down. Let the shed
go black inside. Let evening come.

To the bottle in the ditch, to the scoop
in the oats, to air in the lung
let evening come.

Let it come, as it will, and don't
be afraid. God does not leave us
comfortless, so let evening come.


Jane Kenyon

--Did You Know: Jane Kenyon (May 23, 1947 – April 22, 1995) 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. Kenyon was born in 1947 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and grew up in the Midwest. She earned a B.A. from the University of Michigan in 1970 and an M.A. in 1972. She won a Hopwood Award at Michigan. Also, while a student at the University of Michigan, Kenyon met the poet Donald Hall; though he was some nineteen years her senior, she married him in 1972, and they moved to Eagle Pond Farm, his ancestral home in Wilmot, New Hampshire. Read more at: Jane Kenyon on Wiki.

--Word of the Day: dulcify - \ DUHL-suh-fahy \ , verb;
1.
to make more agreeable; mollify; appease.
2.
to sweeten.

Example:
The delectable little Dutch songs with which she used to dulcify the house grew less and less frequent, and she would forget her sewing, and look wistfully in her father’s face as he sat pondering by the fireside.
-- Washington Irving, “Wolfert Webber, or Golden Dreams,” Tales of a Traveller, by Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. , 1824

--Quote of the Day: "To try to write love is to confront the muck of language: that region of hysteria where language is both too much and too little, excessive ... and impoverished."
~Roland Barthes

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