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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

  • Gold Star - 109,103 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

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  • Gold Star - 8,876 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

  • Gold Star - 71,652 Points Ratnakar Mandlik (5/22/2016 12:43:00 AM)

    Wonderful account of the cores of the day narrated beautifully. Thanks for sharing.10 points. (Report) Reply

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