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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 - 100,214 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 - 8,242 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 - 70,740 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. An Old Life , Donald Hall
  7. 7. O Me! O Life! , Walt Whitman
  8. 8. The Pleasures Of Ordinary Life , Judith Viorst
  9. 9. What Is Life? , John Clare
  10. 10. Life And Art , Emma Lazarus
  11. 11. New Love, New Life , Amy Levy
  12. 12. Full Of Life, Now , Walt Whitman
  13. 13. A Plain Life , William Henry Davies
  14. 14. Human Life , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  15. 15. My Life Closed Twice , Emily Dickinson
  16. 16. The Buried Life , Matthew Arnold
  17. 17. Love In A Life , Robert Browning
  18. 18. Life In A Bottle , Robert Browning
  19. 19. What Is Life? , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  20. 20. Ignorant Before The Heavens Of My Life , Rainer Maria Rilke
  21. 21. As I Ebb'D With The Ocean Of Life , Walt Whitman
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  23. 23. A Life , Howard Nemerov
  24. 24. Life , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  25. 25. An Image From A Past Life , William Butler Yeats
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  27. 27. Life Is What Life Is , Edward Veilleux
  28. 28. The Life Of Man , Sir Francis Bacon
  29. 29. The Lords Of Life , Ralph Waldo Emerson
  30. 30. Each Life Converges To Some Centre , Emily Dickinson
  31. 31. Xxxvi Life-In-Love , Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  32. 32. River Of Life, The , Thomas Campbell
  33. 33. Life Is Love, And Love Is Life , Anna Jonson
  34. 34. Life (The Real Meaning Of Life) , C.N.Premkumar (love poems, V ..
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  36. 36. A Life Went Wrong.......The Denial Of Life , saadat tahir
  37. 37. Ebony Life , Robert Desnos
  38. 38. In The Morning Of Life , Thomas Moore
  39. 39. Still Life , Thom Gunn
  40. 40. A Life Of Death, Or The Death Of Life , Andre Veilleux
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  45. 45. Views Of Life , Anne Brontë
  46. 46. Modern Love Iv: All Other Joys Of Life , George Meredith
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  49. 49. The Country Life: , Robert Herrick
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