Jane Kenyon

(1947-1995 / United States)

Jane Kenyon Poems

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

The dog has cleaned his bowl
and his reward is a biscuit,
which I put in his mouth
like a priest offering the host.

I can't bear that trusting face!
He asks for bread, expects
bread, and I in my power
might have given him a stone.

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