Notes From The Other Side Poem by Jane Kenyon

Notes From The Other Side

Rating: 4.3


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.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Smoky Hoss 27 December 2020

And now she knows, beyond even these beautiful words...

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Smoky Hoss 27 December 2020

The grave, she lets us know, does not have the final word; darkness does not win, but is overcome by the light of Love, forever alive...

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Susan Williams 15 December 2015

She does not ask for pity and is rather pitiless in her description of death here... death is as much a part of life as birth and she does not give it extra publicity here- she turns instead to God who has kept His promise and clothed her in mercy and light.

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Jade Weinbrecht 02 October 2009

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.

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