Gary Snyder

For Lew Welch In A Snowfall - Poem by Gary Snyder

Snowfall in March:
I sit in the white glow reading a thesis
About you. Your poems, your life.

The author's my student,
He even quotes me.

Forty years since we joked in a kitchen in Portland
Twenty since you disappeared.

All those years and their moments—
Crackling bacon, slamming car doors,
Poems tried out on friends,
Will be one more archive,
One more shaky text.

But life continues in the kitchen
Where we still laugh and cook,
Watching snow.

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Comments about For Lew Welch In A Snowfall by Gary Snyder

  • Susan Williams (3/24/2016 4:00:00 PM)

    This one reached out and grabbed me around the neck and shook me until I felt his sorrow and his backward glances in my heart (Report) Reply

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  • (8/5/2007 7:40:00 AM)

    such a beautiful tribute- really appreciate this poem. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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