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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 - 73,468 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (3/11/2015 11:38:00 PM)

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

  • Gold Star - 73,468 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. To Hope , John Keats
  3. 3. Hope , Emily Jane Brontë
  4. 4. Oh, They Have Robbed Me Of The Hope , Anne Brontë
  5. 5. Work Without Hope , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  6. 6. The Hope Of My Heart , John McCrae
  7. 7. Since Thou Hast Given Me This Good Hope,.. , Robert Louis Stevenson
  8. 8. Hope Is A Tattered Flag , Carl Sandburg
  9. 9. Love Without Hope , Robert Graves
  10. 10. Hope , Randall Jarrell
  11. 11. Song Of Hope , Thomas Hardy
  12. 12. The Instinct Of Hope , John Clare
  13. 13. Evelyn Hope , Robert Browning
  14. 14. Hope Holds To Christ , Gerard Manley Hopkins
  15. 15. Bird Of Hope , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  16. 16. Hope, Hope And Hope , gajanan mishra
  17. 17. Now Let No Charitable Hope , Elinor Morton Wylie
  18. 18. Hope Or Hope Against Hope , Kumarmani Mahakul
  19. 19. Hope For The Future , Joseph T. Renaldi
  20. 20. Lively Hope And Gracious Fear , William Cowper
  21. 21. The Hope Of The Resurrection , Vachel Lindsay
  22. 22. Love, Faith And Hope , Bob Gotti
  23. 23. The Pleasures Of Hope (Excerpt) , Thomas Campbell
  24. 24. Hope , Friedrich Schiller
  25. 25. I Hope I Hope , gajanan mishra
  26. 26. When There Is No Hope And Nothing To Hop.. , Shalom Freedman
  27. 27. Hope Dieth: Hope Liveth , William Morris
  28. 28. Sonnet Xvi: Delusive Hope , Mary Darby Robinson
  29. 29. Sonnets 12: Cherish You Then The Hope I .. , Edna St. Vincent Millay
  30. 30. Sonnet- Hope Is Always There , Dr. A.Celestine Raj Manohar ..
  31. 31. Enjoy Hope , Sandra Osborne
  32. 32. The Service Without Hope , Emily Dickinson
  33. 33. There Is Always Hope For Tomorrow , Ronell Warren Alman
  34. 34. Hope , David Darbyshire
  35. 35. Hope (Just A Thought) , .Pd. is here
  36. 36. Don'T Give Up Hope , Sylvia Chidi
  37. 37. Good Hope Men's Prayer Breakfast , Luke Easter
  38. 38. Only Hope Of Survival , Amy Louise Kerswell
  39. 39. Stallions Hope , Sandra Osborne
  40. 40. Had I Presumed To Hope , Emily Dickinson
  41. 41. Hope......(Hope Reigns Supreme) , saadat tahir
  42. 42. 'Abandon All Hope Ye Who Enter Here' , Not Long Left
  43. 43. Only Hope Of Survival , Amy Kerswell
  44. 44. Suicide Is My Only Hope , Amy Kerswell
  45. 45. Villanelle: Hope Not Hope Against The La.. , T (no first name) Wignesan
  46. 46. Dare I Hope? , Sophia White
  47. 47. Hope To Be.... , hazem al jaber
  48. 48. A Song Of Hope , David SmithWhite
  49. 49. Seamstress Of Hope , Patricia Gale
  50. 50. Good Hope Baptist Church Choir , Luke Easter
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