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Hope - Poem by Randall Jarrell

The spirit killeth, but the letter giveth life.
The week is dealt out like a hand
That children pick up card by card.
One keeps getting the same hand.
One keeps getting the same card.
But twice a day -- except on Saturday --
The wheel stops, there is a crack in Time:
With a hiss of soles, a rattle of tin,
My own gray Daemon pauses on the stair,
My own bald Fortune lifts me by the hair.
Woe's me! woe's me! In Folly's mailbox
Still laughs the postcard, Hope:
Your uncle in Australia
Has died and you are Pope,
For many a soul has entertained
A Mailman unawares --
And as you cry, Impossible,
A step is on the stairs.
One keeps getting the same dream
Delayed, marked "Payment Due,"
The bill that one has paid
Delayed, marked "Payment Due" --
Twice a day, in rotting mailbox,
The white grubs are new:
And Faith, once more, is mine
Faithfully, but Charity
Writes hopefully about a new
Asylum -- but Hope is as good as new.
Woe's me! woe's me! In Folly's mailbox
Still laughs the postcard, Hope:
Your uncle in Australia
Has died and you are Pope,
For many a soul has entertained
A mailman unawares --
And as you cry, Impossible,
A step is on the stairs.


Comments about Hope by Randall Jarrell

  • Silver Star - 3,884 Points Paresh Chakra (12/6/2018 11:22:00 AM)

    Hope is a very beautiful poem. 10+++++++ (Report) Reply

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  • Silver Star - 3,884 Points Paresh Chakra (12/6/2018 11:21:00 AM)

    Hope is a very beautiful poem (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 9,222 Points Adeline Foster (12/10/2015 3:12:00 PM)

    Enigmatic is the word to describe this poem. Makes one wonder. Read mine - Shell Shock - if you are into the enigmatic.
    Adeline (Report) Reply

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Poems About Hope

  1. 1. Hope Is The Thing With Feathers , Emily Dickinson
  2. 2. To Hope , John Keats
  3. 3. Hope , Emily Jane Brontë
  4. 4. The Hope Of My Heart , John McCrae
  5. 5. Y... In The Dark Of The Night (Poem Abou.. , Aufie Zophy
  6. 6. Hope Your Happy , Jessica Anonymous
  7. 7. Evelyn Hope , Robert Browning
  8. 8. Hope , Randall Jarrell
  9. 9. The Instinct Of Hope , John Clare
  10. 10. Hope Holds To Christ , Gerard Manley Hopkins
  11. 11. Work Without Hope , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  12. 12. Hope Is A Tattered Flag , Carl Sandburg
  13. 13. Song Of Hope , Thomas Hardy
  14. 14. Bird Of Hope , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  15. 15. Oh, They Have Robbed Me Of The Hope , Anne Brontë
  16. 16. Hope , Friedrich Schiller
  17. 17. Since Thou Hast Given Me This Good Hope,.. , Robert Louis Stevenson
  18. 18. Love Without Hope , Robert Graves
  19. 19. Dare I Hope? , Sophia White
  20. 20. Hope Is Not Lost , Jessica Millsaps
  21. 21. Now Let No Charitable Hope , Elinor Morton Wylie
  22. 22. Sonnets 12: Cherish You Then The Hope I .. , Edna St. Vincent Millay
  23. 23. Enjoy Hope , Sandra Osborne
  24. 24. Hope , ice johnson
  25. 25. Hope Dieth: Hope Liveth , William Morris
  26. 26. Hope (Just A Thought) , .Pd. is here
  27. 27. The Pleasures Of Hope (Excerpt) , Thomas Campbell
  28. 28. The Hope Of The Resurrection , Vachel Lindsay
  29. 29. One Must Have Hope , Vega Destiny Star
  30. 30. Hope , Anne Kingsmill Finch
  31. 31. When Hope But Made Tranquillity Be Felt .. , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  32. 32. A Pastoral Ballad Ii: Hope , William Shenstone
  33. 33. Sonnet Xvi: Delusive Hope , Mary Darby Robinson
  34. 34. Don'T Give Up Hope , Sylvia Chidi
  35. 35. Hope For The Future , Joseph T. Renaldi
  36. 36. I Hope , Sara Magana
  37. 37. Lively Hope And Gracious Fear , William Cowper
  38. 38. Sonnet Xxv: False Hope Prolongs , Samuel Daniel
  39. 39. Hope , jodi right
  40. 40. Hope. , Krantol Northic
  41. 41. Lamentations Of Jeremiah Iii: Hope Of Re.. , Prophet Jeremiah
  42. 42. 0431 You Couldn'T Make It Up... I Hope... , Michael Shepherd
  43. 43. Hope , suchul Jin
  44. 44. All Hope , Bill Smith
  45. 45. 0022 A Dickinsonian Ode To Hope , Michael Shepherd
  46. 46. Had I Presumed To Hope , Emily Dickinson
  47. 47. Hope , Flora A. Parham
  48. 48. With Faith And Hope , Ernestine Northover
  49. 49. Hope , Robert Hall
  50. 50. You Gave Me Words Of Hope , Sugawara Takesue no Musume
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