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An Old Life - Poem by Donald Hall

Snow fell in the night.
At five-fifteen I woke to a bluish
mounded softness where
the Honda was. Cat fed and coffee made,
I broomed snow off the car
and drove to the Kearsarge Mini-Mart
before Amy opened
to yank my Globe out of the bundle.
Back, I set my cup of coffee
beside Jane, still half-asleep,
murmuring stuporous
thanks in the aquamarine morning.
Then I sat in my blue chair
with blueberry bagels and strong
black coffee reading news,
the obits, the comics, and the sports.
Carrying my cup twenty feet,
I sat myself at the desk
for this day's lifelong
engagement with the one task and desire.


Comments about An Old Life by Donald Hall

  • Veteran Poet - 1,130 Points Don Bukana (10/13/2017 5:57:00 AM)

    I always feel like I am free like a bird in the sky after reading your poems. Your poems are gift to this site. 10 marks (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 128,943 Points Susan Williams (5/22/2016 4:32:00 PM)

    He speaks to the writer in us- we have our routine, it prepares us for the retreat to the desk and the task before us- writing that poem, that short story, that novel. Absolutely nailed us whether we follow his routine or one uniquely our own! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 11,047 Points Smoky Hoss (5/22/2016 3:37:00 PM)

    It's a wonderful picture, how he only needs travel, coffee cup in hand, a short distance to his life's calling; each day another segment of the monument to living. His wife, Jane Kenyon, was a fantastic poet also. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Life

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  2. 2. Life , Charlotte Brontë
  3. 3. Life In A Love , Robert Browning
  4. 4. O Me! O Life! , Walt Whitman
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  6. 6. What Is Life? , John Clare
  7. 7. Life And Art , Emma Lazarus
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  12. 12. The Buried Life , Matthew Arnold
  13. 13. Love In A Life , Robert Browning
  14. 14. Human Life , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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  17. 17. Full Of Life, Now , Walt Whitman
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  19. 19. An Image From A Past Life , William Butler Yeats
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  30. 30. Xxxvi Life-In-Love , Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  31. 31. In The Morning Of Life , Thomas Moore
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  44. 44. The Life Beyond , Rupert Brooke
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  47. 47. They May Rail At This Life , Thomas Moore
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