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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 - 72,297 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (3/11/2015 11:38:00 PM)

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

  • Gold Star - 72,297 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. Dare I Hope? , Sophia White
  10. 10. Hope Holds To Christ , Gerard Manley Hopkins
  11. 11. Work Without Hope , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  12. 12. Since Thou Hast Given Me This Good Hope,.. , Robert Louis Stevenson
  13. 13. Hope Is A Tattered Flag , Carl Sandburg
  14. 14. Bird Of Hope , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  15. 15. Song Of Hope , Thomas Hardy
  16. 16. Love Without Hope , Robert Graves
  17. 17. Oh, They Have Robbed Me Of The Hope , Anne Brontë
  18. 18. Now Let No Charitable Hope , Elinor Morton Wylie
  19. 19. Hope Is Not Lost , Jessica Millsaps
  20. 20. Hope , Friedrich Schiller
  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. Enjoy Hope , Sandra Osborne
  28. 28. The Hope Of The Resurrection , Vachel Lindsay
  29. 29. Hope , jodi right
  30. 30. When Hope But Made Tranquillity Be Felt .. , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  31. 31. Sonnet Xvi: Delusive Hope , Mary Darby Robinson
  32. 32. Hope For The Future , Joseph T. Renaldi
  33. 33. One Must Have Hope , Vega Destiny Star
  34. 34. Lively Hope And Gracious Fear , William Cowper
  35. 35. Sonnet Xxv: False Hope Prolongs , Samuel Daniel
  36. 36. Hope. , Krantol Northic
  37. 37. Lamentations Of Jeremiah Iii: Hope Of Re.. , Prophet Jeremiah
  38. 38. I Hope , Sara Magana
  39. 39. 0431 You Couldn'T Make It Up... I Hope... , Michael Shepherd
  40. 40. Don'T Give Up Hope , Sylvia Chidi
  41. 41. Hope , suchul Jin
  42. 42. A Pastoral Ballad Ii: Hope , William Shenstone
  43. 43. Hope On , Charles Harpur
  44. 44. To Hope , LLM Mbatha
  45. 45. 0022 A Dickinsonian Ode To Hope , Michael Shepherd
  46. 46. Had I Presumed To Hope , Emily Dickinson
  47. 47. Hope , Flora A. Parham
  48. 48. All Hope , Bill Smith
  49. 49. Hope , David Darbyshire
  50. 50. With Faith And Hope , Ernestine Northover
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