Katha Pollitt

Small Comfort - Poem by Katha Pollitt

Coffee and cigarettes in a clean cafe,
forsythia lit like a damp match against
a thundery sky drunk on its own ozone,

the laundry cool and crisp and folded away
again in the lavender closet-too late to find
comfort enough in such small daily moments

of beauty, renewal, calm, too late to imagine
people would rather be happy than suffering
and inflicting suffering. We're near the end,

but O before the end, as the sparrows wing
each night to their secret nests in the elm's green dome
O let the last bus bring

love to lover, let the starveling
dog turn the corner and lope suddenly
miraculously, down its own street, home.

Comments about Small Comfort by Katha Pollitt

  • Mizzy ........ (10/23/2016 10:29:00 AM)

    Lovely piece of writing......delightful read! (Report) Reply

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  • Bernard F. Asuncion (10/23/2016 4:36:00 AM)

    Last bus, last trip.....
    Congrats for being chosen...... (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (10/23/2016 1:47:00 AM)

    Before the end. Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Col Muhamad Khalid Khan (10/23/2016 12:27:00 AM)

    Small Comfort
    Beautifully done Katha.Congratulation being selected as member of the day.
    Col Muhammad Khalid Kha
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  • (8/22/2008 9:45:00 AM)

    freaking great, i am in love again, now what to do, i am going to be visiting my sleeves in my dreams again (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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