Donald Hall

(20 September 1928 - / Hamden / Connecticut)

Donald Hall Poems

1. Affirmation 1/3/2003
2. Name Of Horses 1/3/2003
3. An Old Life 1/3/2003
4. Distressed Haiku 1/3/2003
5. White Apples 1/3/2003
6. Christmas Party At The South Danbury Church 1/3/2003
7. Sudden Things 1/3/2003
8. The Man In The Dead Machine 1/3/2003
9. Je Suis Une Table 1/3/2003
10. Mount Kearsarge Shines 1/3/2003
11. Wolf Knife 1/3/2003
12. A Poet At Twenty 1/3/2003
13. The Alligator Bride 1/3/2003
14. Safe Sex 3/16/2012
15. Gold 3/16/2012
16. Ox Cart Man 3/16/2012
17. Tubes 3/16/2012
18. The Things 3/16/2012
19. The Painted Bed 3/16/2012
20. Olives 11/29/2014
21. Closings 1/21/2015
Best Poem of Donald Hall


To grow old is to lose everything.
Aging, everybody knows it.
Even when we are young,
we glimpse it sometimes, and nod our heads
when a grandfather dies.
Then we row for years on the midsummer
pond, ignorant and content. But a marriage,
that began without harm, scatters
into debris on the shore,
and a friend from school drops
cold on a rocky strand.
If a new love carries us
past middle age, our wife will die
at her strongest and most beautiful.
New women come and go. All go.
The pretty lover who announces
that she is temporary
is ...

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An Old Life

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

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