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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

  • 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.
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  • Gold Star - 74,163 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (3/11/2015 11:38:00 PM)

    An interesting poem but not fully understandable.Likes. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 74,163 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (3/11/2015 11:38:00 PM)

    An interesting poem but not fully understandable.Likes. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Hope

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