Wait Poem by Galway Kinnell


Rating: 3.1

Wait, for now.
Distrust everything, if you have to.
But trust the hours. Haven't they
carried you everywhere, up to now?
Personal events will become interesting again.
Hair will become interesting.
Pain will become interesting.
Buds that open out of season will become lovely again.
Second-hand gloves will become lovely again,
their memories are what give them
the need for other hands. And the desolation
of lovers is the same: that enormous emptiness
carved out of such tiny beings as we are
asks to be filled; the need
for the new love is faithfulness to the old.

Don't go too early.
You're tired. But everyone's tired.
But no one is tired enough.
Only wait a while and listen.
Music of hair,
Music of pain,
music of looms weaving all our loves again.
Be there to hear it, it will be the only time,
most of all to hear,
the flute of your whole existence,
rehearsed by the sorrows, play itself into total exhaustion.

Tim Gavin` 04 December 2004

This has always been a favorite Kinnell poem of mine. The imagery is rich and the advice the speaker gives the younger person who is contemplating suicide is so practical 'Wait' and even 'Distrust everything, if you have to./ But trust the hours. Haven't they/ carried ' to this point and won't they carry the young person from this point onward. A beautiful poem!

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Manonton Dalan 10 June 2012

i can't wait any longer; it's killing me

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A beautiful poem of life events in its sorrow and loss situations and I felt it very interesting.

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* Sunprincess * 31 May 2014

......a very creative write....never heard this music before.... ~Music of hair, Music of pain, music of looms weaving all our loves again.~

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Marvin Brato 10 June 2013

Profound sentiments, true human expression!

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Rose Marie Juan-austin 06 February 2022

A marvelous poem with a meaningful message adorned with great images.

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Michael Walker 25 June 2020

Wait, yes I agree, but wait for what? If learning to wait teaches you to be patient, then there is some virtue. Trying to see renewed beauty in old possessions-that is possible. That can apply to lovers who tire of each other at times. See it through with that person, don't discard them. I come back to my original question, though: 'Wait for what? '

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Chinedu Dike 11 October 2019

A poignant rendition well articulated and nicely brought forth with conviction. An insightful work of art............................

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Gajanan Mishra 10 June 2014

flute of whole existence, I like it, thanks.

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Soumita Sarkar 10 June 2014

liked it so much.............not to give up soon..............waiting can be interesting.

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Galway Kinnell

Galway Kinnell

Providence, Rhode Island
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