Jane Kenyon

(1947-1995 / United States)

Notes from the Other Side Poem by Jane Kenyon


I divested myself of despair
and fear when I came here.

Now there is no more catching
one's own eye in the mirror,

there are no bad books, no plastic,
no insurance premiums, and of course

no illness. Contrition
does not exist, nor gnashing

of teeth. No one howls as the first
clod of earth hits the casket.

The poor we no longer have with us.
Our calm hearts strike only the hour,

and God, as promised, proves
to be mercy clothed in light.

Submitted: Monday, January 20, 2003

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  • Rookie Jade Weinbrecht (10/2/2009 4:27:00 PM)

    My friend, who passed this week
    Smiles between the lines
    Of death defined in
    Notes from the Other Side.
    Only Jane Kenyon could
    Capture these images
    Of life and death so fine. (Report) Reply

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