Donald Hall
Hamden / Connecticut
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An Old Life

Rating: 3.1
Snow fell in the night.
At five-fifteen I woke to a bluish
mounded softness where
the Honda was. Cat fed and coffee made,
I broomed snow off the car
and drove to the Kearsarge Mini-Mart
before Amy opened
to yank my Globe out of the bundle.
Back, I set my cup of coffee
beside Jane, still half-asleep,
murmuring stuporous
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Ratnakar Mandlik 16 September 2019
The daily routine of the old man beautifully portrayed.
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michael walker 31 August 2019
'An Old Life' when Jane was still alive and what he did to pass the day. All his small actions are nothing compared to 'engagement with the one task and desire'. Caring for Jane.
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Don Bukana 13 October 2017
I always feel like I am free like a bird in the sky after reading your poems. Your poems are gift to this site. 10 marks
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Susan Williams 22 May 2016
He speaks to the writer in us- we have our routine, it prepares us for the retreat to the desk and the task before us- writing that poem, that short story, that novel. Absolutely nailed us whether we follow his routine or one uniquely our own!
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Smoky Hoss 22 May 2016
It's a wonderful picture, how he only needs travel, coffee cup in hand, a short distance to his life's calling; each day another segment of the monument to living. His wife, Jane Kenyon, was a fantastic poet also.
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Ratnakar Mandlik 22 May 2016
Wonderful account of the cores of the day narrated beautifully. Thanks for sharing.10 points.
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Edward Kofi Louis 22 May 2016
Desire! ! Some fell in the night. Nice work.
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J Garcia 19 February 2014
Can someone explain to me what this poem means?
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Michael Gale 11 February 2010
Nicely done. A love for a wife, is a love of all. God bless us all-MJG.
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Ken E Hall 03 February 2010
Top marks for a reality poem, and I enjoyed a coffee with you++++10 regards
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M Asim Nehal 22 May 2016
I agree...........
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