poet Jane Kenyon

Jane Kenyon

Let Evening Come

Let the light of late afternoon
shine through chinks in the barn, moving
up the bales as the sun moves down.

Let the cricket take up chafing
as a woman takes up her needles
and her yarn. Let evening come.

Let dew collect on the hoe abandoned
in long grass. Let the stars appear
and the moon disclose her silver horn.

Let the fox go back to its sandy den.
Let the wind die down. Let the shed
go black inside. Let evening come.

To the bottle in the ditch, to the scoop
in the oats, to air in the lung
let evening come.

Let it come, as it will, and don't
be afraid. God does not leave us
comfortless, so let evening come.

Poem Submitted: Monday, January 20, 2003

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  • Robert B Farmer (3/24/2018 2:26:00 AM)

    I read her poem aside Father`s bier
    Easing the way for both his path and mine

    Some time ago some how.

    A full, robust barn, his life one to admire`
    Weathered by storm, yet head held higher

    Built some time ago some how

    Now a void shell that served him well
    Without song or wind the daylight fell
    .
    Evening came some time ago some how

    I held his hand for an unknown time
    Not unlike in youth he firmly held mine

    We strode together, some time ago and now

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  • carol hodge (3/15/2018 11:31:00 PM)

    i cannot sleep until ai read this poem oruntil i listento it here on the computer...then i can let myself sleep in the evening.......as night comes on.

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  • Fabrizio FrosiniFabrizio Frosini (12/15/2015 11:51:00 AM)

    Jane Kenyon's poem 'Let Evening Come' was featured in the film 'In Her Shoes', in a scene where the character [played by Cameron Diaz] reads the poem (as well as 'One Art' by Elizabeth Bishop) to a blind nursing home resident.

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  • Fabrizio FrosiniFabrizio Frosini (12/15/2015 10:38:00 AM)

    Let Evening Come

    Let the light of late afternoon
    shine through chinks in the barn, moving
    up the bales as the sun moves down.

    - ITALIAN:

    Lascia che venga la sera

    Lascia che la luce del tardo pomeriggio
    splenda attraverso le fessure nella stalla, muovendosi
    in alto sulle balle di fieno all'abbassarsi del sole.

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  • Dr.subhendu KarDr.subhendu Kar (12/15/2015 8:56:00 AM)

    Let it come, as it will, and don't
    be afraid. God does not leave us
    comfortless.............inspiring write of strong conviction of faith in God...

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  • Smoky HossSmoky Hoss (10/12/2015 1:02:00 PM)

    There's a genuine peaceful beauty all through this wonderful poem.

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  • Sandra Osborne (1/8/2007 2:54:00 PM)

    WOW WOW WOW! ! ! dripping with the talent that flows so strong with the repeated phrase 'Let Evening Come'. And the ending, you started excelently strong and built to a stunning ending with visions of sights and sounds all within a few stanza's and words. This is simply one of the very best poems that I have read on this site. Simply Excellent.10++

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