Donald Hall

(20 September 1928 - / Hamden / Connecticut)

Donald Hall Poems

1. Her Long Illness 4/24/2015
2. Closings 1/21/2015
3. Olives 11/29/2014
4. The Painted Bed 3/16/2012
5. Ox Cart Man 3/16/2012
6. The Things 3/16/2012
7. Tubes 3/16/2012
8. Gold 3/16/2012
9. Safe Sex 3/16/2012
10. The Alligator Bride 1/3/2003
11. Mount Kearsarge Shines 1/3/2003
12. Wolf Knife 1/3/2003
13. A Poet At Twenty 1/3/2003
14. Je Suis Une Table 1/3/2003
15. Sudden Things 1/3/2003
16. Christmas Party At The South Danbury Church 1/3/2003
17. The Man In The Dead Machine 1/3/2003
18. White Apples 1/3/2003
19. Distressed Haiku 1/3/2003
20. An Old Life 1/3/2003
21. Name Of Horses 1/3/2003
22. Affirmation 1/3/2003
Best Poem of Donald Hall

Affirmation

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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The Alligator Bride

The clock of my days winds down.
The cat eats sparrows outside my window.
Once, she brought me a small rabbit
which we devoured together, under
the Empire Table
while the men shrieked
repossessing the gold umbrella.

Now the beard on my clock turns white.

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