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Let Evening Come

Rating: 4.6
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.
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COMMENTS
carol hodge 15 March 2018
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 Frosini 15 December 2015
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 Frosini 15 December 2015
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 Kar 15 December 2015
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 Hoss 12 October 2015
There's a genuine peaceful beauty all through this wonderful poem.
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Sandra Osborne 08 January 2007
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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