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An Old Life - Poem by Donald Hall

Snow fell in the night.
At five-fifteen I woke to a bluish
mounded softness where
the Honda was. Cat fed and coffee made,
I broomed snow off the car
and drove to the Kearsarge Mini-Mart
before Amy opened
to yank my Globe out of the bundle.
Back, I set my cup of coffee
beside Jane, still half-asleep,
murmuring stuporous
thanks in the aquamarine morning.
Then I sat in my blue chair
with blueberry bagels and strong
black coffee reading news,
the obits, the comics, and the sports.
Carrying my cup twenty feet,
I sat myself at the desk
for this day's lifelong
engagement with the one task and desire.


Comments about An Old Life by Donald Hall

  • Gold Star - 88,315 Points Susan Williams (5/22/2016 4:32:00 PM)

    He speaks to the writer in us- we have our routine, it prepares us for the retreat to the desk and the task before us- writing that poem, that short story, that novel. Absolutely nailed us whether we follow his routine or one uniquely our own! (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 7,718 Points Smoky Hoss (5/22/2016 3:37:00 PM)

    It's a wonderful picture, how he only needs travel, coffee cup in hand, a short distance to his life's calling; each day another segment of the monument to living. His wife, Jane Kenyon, was a fantastic poet also. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 65,734 Points Ratnakar Mandlik (5/22/2016 12:43:00 AM)

    Wonderful account of the cores of the day narrated beautifully. Thanks for sharing.10 points. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Life

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  2. 2. The Life That I Have , Leo Marks
  3. 3. Life , Charlotte Brontë
  4. 4. Life In A Love , Robert Browning
  5. 5. A Life-Lesson , James Whitcomb Riley
  6. 6. O Me! O Life! , Walt Whitman
  7. 7. An Old Life , Donald Hall
  8. 8. The Pleasures Of Ordinary Life , Judith Viorst
  9. 9. What Is Life? , John Clare
  10. 10. Life In A Bottle , Robert Browning
  11. 11. Full Of Life, Now , Walt Whitman
  12. 12. As I Ebb'D With The Ocean Of Life , Walt Whitman
  13. 13. My Life Closed Twice , Emily Dickinson
  14. 14. Ignorant Before The Heavens Of My Life , Rainer Maria Rilke
  15. 15. The Buried Life , Matthew Arnold
  16. 16. Later Life , Christina Georgina Rossetti
  17. 17. Love In A Life , Robert Browning
  18. 18. Life And Art , Emma Lazarus
  19. 19. A Plain Life , William Henry Davies
  20. 20. An Image From A Past Life , William Butler Yeats
  21. 21. Life , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  22. 22. A Life , Howard Nemerov
  23. 23. What Is Life? , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  24. 24. New Love, New Life , Amy Levy
  25. 25. River Of Life, The , Thomas Campbell
  26. 26. The Lords Of Life , Ralph Waldo Emerson
  27. 27. Human Life , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  28. 28. Each Life Converges To Some Centre , Emily Dickinson
  29. 29. Xxxvi Life-In-Love , Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  30. 30. Life , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  31. 31. The Life Of Man , Sir Francis Bacon
  32. 32. Still Life , Thom Gunn
  33. 33. Too Much Of A Good Thing (Life Life Li.. , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  34. 34. Artist's Life , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  35. 35. The Course Of Life, Time, And Events And.. , Merlin Archivilla
  36. 36. Ebony Life , Robert Desnos
  37. 37. Life Life Life Life Life Life Life Life .. , Abdul Wahab
  38. 38. In The Morning Of Life , Thomas Moore
  39. 39. Life Is What Life Is , Edward Veilleux
  40. 40. Views Of Life , Anne Brontë
  41. 41. Life Beyond, The , Rupert Brooke
  42. 42. The Life Beyond , Rupert Brooke
  43. 43. An Adventure In The Life Of King James V.. , William Topaz McGonagall
  44. 44. The Treasure Of Life , Olive Walters
  45. 45. Modern Love Iv: All Other Joys Of Life , George Meredith
  46. 46. Ploughman's Life, The , Robert Burns
  47. 47. The Country Life: , Robert Herrick
  48. 48. Still-Life , Elizabeth Daryush
  49. 49. Choice? (Life Life Life Life Life) , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  50. 50. My Life Had Stood , Emily Dickinson
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