Donald Hall Poems
|1.||Her Long Illness||4/24/2015|
|2.||The Seventh Inning||10/5/2015|
|5.||The Painted Bed||3/16/2012|
|7.||Ox Cart Man||3/16/2012|
|11.||The Alligator Bride||1/3/2003|
|12.||Mount Kearsarge Shines||1/3/2003|
|13.||Je Suis Une Table||1/3/2003|
|16.||The Man In The Dead Machine||1/3/2003|
|17.||Christmas Party At The South Danbury Church||1/3/2003|
|20.||Name Of Horses||1/3/2003|
|21.||An Old Life||1/3/2003|
To grow old is to lose everything.
Aging, everybody knows it.
Even when we are young,
we glimpse it sometimes, and nod our heads
when a grandfather dies.
Then we row for years on the midsummer
pond, ignorant and content. But a marriage,
that began without harm, scatters
into debris on the shore,
and a friend from school drops
cold on a rocky strand.
If a new love carries us
past middle age, our wife will die
at her strongest and most beautiful.
New women come and go. All go.
The pretty lover who announces
that she is temporary
when my father had been dead a week
with his voice in my ear
I sat up in bed
and held my breath
and stared at the pale closed door
white apples and the taste of stone
if he called again
I would put on my coat and galoshes