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Hope - Poem by Randall Jarrell

The spirit killeth, but the letter giveth life.
The week is dealt out like a hand
That children pick up card by card.
One keeps getting the same hand.
One keeps getting the same card.
But twice a day -- except on Saturday --
The wheel stops, there is a crack in Time:
With a hiss of soles, a rattle of tin,
My own gray Daemon pauses on the stair,
My own bald Fortune lifts me by the hair.
Woe's me! woe's me! In Folly's mailbox
Still laughs the postcard, Hope:
Your uncle in Australia
Has died and you are Pope,
For many a soul has entertained
A Mailman unawares --
And as you cry, Impossible,
A step is on the stairs.
One keeps getting the same dream
Delayed, marked "Payment Due,"
The bill that one has paid
Delayed, marked "Payment Due" --
Twice a day, in rotting mailbox,
The white grubs are new:
And Faith, once more, is mine
Faithfully, but Charity
Writes hopefully about a new
Asylum -- but Hope is as good as new.
Woe's me! woe's me! In Folly's mailbox
Still laughs the postcard, Hope:
Your uncle in Australia
Has died and you are Pope,
For many a soul has entertained
A mailman unawares --
And as you cry, Impossible,
A step is on the stairs.


Comments about Hope by Randall Jarrell

  • Gold Star - 9,222 Points Adeline Foster (12/10/2015 3:12:00 PM)

    Enigmatic is the word to describe this poem. Makes one wonder. Read mine - Shell Shock - if you are into the enigmatic.
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  • Gold Star - 71,530 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (3/11/2015 11:38:00 PM)

    An interesting poem but not fully understandable.Likes. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 71,530 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (3/11/2015 11:38:00 PM)

    An interesting poem but not fully understandable.Likes. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Hope

  1. 1. Hope Is The Thing With Feathers , Emily Dickinson
  2. 2. The Hope Of My Heart , John McCrae
  3. 3. To Hope , John Keats
  4. 4. Hope , Emily Jane Brontë
  5. 5. Hope Your Happy , Jessica Anonymous
  6. 6. Evelyn Hope , Robert Browning
  7. 7. Hope , Randall Jarrell
  8. 8. The Instinct Of Hope , John Clare
  9. 9. Bird Of Hope , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  10. 10. Hope Is A Tattered Flag , Carl Sandburg
  11. 11. Work Without Hope , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  12. 12. Hope Holds To Christ , Gerard Manley Hopkins
  13. 13. Since Thou Hast Given Me This Good Hope,.. , Robert Louis Stevenson
  14. 14. Oh, They Have Robbed Me Of The Hope , Anne Brontë
  15. 15. Dare I Hope? , Sophia White
  16. 16. Song Of Hope , Thomas Hardy
  17. 17. Love Without Hope , Robert Graves
  18. 18. Now Let No Charitable Hope , Elinor Morton Wylie
  19. 19. Hope , Friedrich Schiller
  20. 20. Hope Is Not Lost , Jessica Millsaps
  21. 21. Sonnets 12: Cherish You Then The Hope I .. , Edna St. Vincent Millay
  22. 22. Hope Dieth: Hope Liveth , William Morris
  23. 23. Hope (Just A Thought) , .Pd. is here
  24. 24. Hope , ice johnson
  25. 25. Hope , Anne Kingsmill Finch
  26. 26. The Pleasures Of Hope (Excerpt) , Thomas Campbell
  27. 27. The Hope Of The Resurrection , Vachel Lindsay
  28. 28. When Hope But Made Tranquillity Be Felt .. , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  29. 29. Hope Deferred , Robert Fuller Murray
  30. 30. Sonnet Xvi: Delusive Hope , Mary Darby Robinson
  31. 31. One Must Have Hope , Vega Destiny Star
  32. 32. I Hope , Sara Magana
  33. 33. Lively Hope And Gracious Fear , William Cowper
  34. 34. Sonnet Xxv: False Hope Prolongs , Samuel Daniel
  35. 35. Enjoy Hope , Sandra Osborne
  36. 36. Hope. , Krantol Northic
  37. 37. Lamentations Of Jeremiah Iii: Hope Of Re.. , Prophet Jeremiah
  38. 38. Hope , jodi right
  39. 39. 0431 You Couldn'T Make It Up... I Hope... , Michael Shepherd
  40. 40. All Hope , Bill Smith
  41. 41. Don'T Give Up Hope , Sylvia Chidi
  42. 42. Hope For The Future , Joseph T. Renaldi
  43. 43. Hope , suchul Jin
  44. 44. A Pastoral Ballad Ii: Hope , William Shenstone
  45. 45. Hope On , Charles Harpur
  46. 46. To Hope , LLM Mbatha
  47. 47. 0022 A Dickinsonian Ode To Hope , Michael Shepherd
  48. 48. Had I Presumed To Hope , Emily Dickinson
  49. 49. Hope , Flora A. Parham
  50. 50. Hope Is Good Thing To Hope. , Kristina Riggs
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