James Dickey

(2 February 1923 – 19 January 1997 / Atlanta, Georgia)

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The Heaven of Animals


Here they are. The soft eyes open.
If they have lived in a wood
It is a wood.
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  • Freshman - 1,792 Points Savita Tyagi (7/26/2014 6:59:00 PM)

    Lovely poem. However I am ignoring the lines ' having no soul however they have come'. Essence of life is soul and all life is possessed by it. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 879 Points Kevin Patrick (7/26/2013 8:25:00 PM)

    a wonderful commemoration of all life forms, although I do have a problem with his reference to animals not possessing a soul, suggesting they should not be treated humanly, I did enjoy the reflection that the simplicity of an animal requires them to see heaven as the state of existing within their own domain and not in search of the hopeless pursuit that we humans look for a life aver after. Their heaven is this world as it should be ours, at least that what I interpret (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 759 Points Lamont Palmer (5/24/2008 7:45:00 PM)

    Most people forget what an interesting poet Dickey was, due to his novel (and subsequent film) 'Deliverance' overshadowing his poetic accomplishments. But he was a good poet before he became a bestselling novelist. Enjoyed the read. -LP (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 759 Points Sandra Fowler (3/5/2006 10:47:00 AM)

    A beautiful, poignant portrayal of the future of all living things. Imagination could do no more. Thank you for sharing.

    Regards,

    Sandra Fowler (Report) Reply

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