Jane Kenyon

(1947-1995 / United States)

Jane Kenyon Poems

1. Afternoon at MacDowell 4/24/2015
2. Man Eating 5/29/2015
3. Coats 7/6/2015
4. The Argument 5/23/2014
5. Heavy Summer Rain 5/23/2014
6. Thinking Of Madame Bovary 5/23/2014
7. No Steps 5/23/2014
8. The Clearing 5/23/2014
9. Alone For A Week 5/23/2014
10. What Came To Me 3/7/2015
11. Gettysburg: July 1, 1863 5/23/2014
12. Private Beach 4/21/2010
13. Not Writing 4/21/2010
14. Not Here 4/21/2010
15. Three Songs At The End Of Summer 4/21/2010
16. Christmas Away From Home 4/21/2010
17. Sun And Moon 4/21/2010
18. The Shirt 4/21/2010
19. Taking Down The Tree 4/21/2010
20. The Pond At Dusk 4/21/2010
21. Portrait Of A Figure Near Water 4/21/2010
22. Dutch Interiors 1/20/2003
23. Twilight: After Haying 1/20/2003
24. Wash 1/13/2003
25. Finding A Long Gray Hair 1/13/2003
26. Notes From The Other Side 1/20/2003
27. February: Thinking Of Flowers 1/20/2003
28. The Blue Bowl 1/13/2003
29. Biscuit 1/13/2003
30. Briefly It Enters, And Briefly Speaks 1/20/2003
31. The Suitor 1/20/2003
32. Let Evening Come 1/20/2003
33. Happiness 1/20/2003
34. Having It Out With Melancholy 1/20/2003
35. Otherwise 1/13/2003
Best Poem of Jane Kenyon

Otherwise

I got out of bed
on two strong legs.
It might have been
otherwise. I ate
cereal, sweet
milk, ripe, flawless
peach. It might
have been otherwise.
I took the dog uphill
to the birch wood.
All morning I did
the work I love.

At noon I lay down
with my mate. It might
have been otherwise.
We ate dinner together
at a table with silver
candlesticks. It might
have been otherwise.
I slept in a bed
in a room with paintings
on the walls, and
planned another day
just like this day.
But one day, I know,
it will be otherwise.

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Dutch Interiors

Christ has been done to death
in the cold reaches of northern Europe
a thousand thousand times.
Suddenly bread
and cheese appear on a plate
beside a gleaming pewter beaker of beer.

Now tell me that the Holy Ghost
does not reside in the play of light

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