Treasure Island

Donald Hall

(20 September 1928 - / Hamden / Connecticut)

Mount Kearsarge Shines


Mount Kearsarge shines with ice; from hemlock branches
snow slides onto snow; no stream, creek, or river
               budges but remains still. Tonight
we carry armloads of logs

from woodshed to Glenwood and build up the fire
that keeps the coldest night outside our windows.
Sit by the woodstove, Camilla,
               while I bring glasses of white,

and we'll talk, passing the time, about weather
without pretending that we can alter it:
Storms stop when they stop, no sooner,
leaving the birches glossy

with ice and bent glittering to rimy ground.
We'll avoid the programmed weatherman grinning
               from the box, cheerful with tempest,
and take the day as it comes,

one day at a time, the way everyone says,
These hours are the best because we hold them close
in our uxorious nation.
Soon we'll walk -- when days turn fair

and frost stays off -- over old roads, listening
for peepers as spring comes on, never to miss
               the day's offering of pleasure
for the government of two.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read poems about / on: snow, weather, river, spring, fire, time, night

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Mount Kearsarge Shines by Donald Hall )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. Se(lection), Tony Adah
  2. Octopus, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  3. Fill Yourself, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  4. Moving Along Avenues, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  5. My Gift, Michael McParland
  6. Between Silence, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  7. Transcending Life On Earth, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  8. The Hare And His Wife, Tony Adah
  9. Pussy So Good, Joseph Rodriguez
  10. Novel Approaches, RoseAnn V. Shawiak

Poem of the Day

poet Paul Laurence Dunbar

The mist has left the greening plain,
The dew-drops shine like fairy rain,
The coquette rose awakes again
Her lovely self adorning.

The Wind is hiding in the trees,
...... Read complete »

   

Trending Poems

  1. 04 Tongues Made Of Glass, Shaun Shane
  2. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  3. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  4. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  5. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  6. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  7. If, Rudyard Kipling
  8. Morning, Paul Laurence Dunbar
  9. The Raven, Edgar Allan Poe
  10. No Man Is An Island, John Donne

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]