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[Poetry Friday] Gelway Kinnell on Anxiety

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Fats here.

It’s been three months since a friend moved out of town. While I miss her company, I respect her decision to move some place where she could start over and be her old self again. The poem below, written by Gelway Kinnell in 1980, is for my friend and for others who are experiencing anxiety.

Poetry Friday is hosted this week by Carol of Beyond LiteracyLink!



Wait, for now.
Distrust everything if you have to.
But trust the hours. Haven’t they
carried you everywhere, up to now?
Personal events will become interesting again.
Hair will become interesting.
Pain will become interesting.
Buds that open out of season will become interesting.
Second-hand gloves will become lovely again;
their memories are what give them
the need for other hands. The desolation
of lovers is the same: that enormous emptiness
carved out of such tiny beings as we are
asks to be filled; the need
for the new love is faithfulness to the old.

Don’t go too early.
You’re tired. But everyone’s tired.
But no one is tired enough.
Only wait a little and listen:
music of hair,
music of pain,
music of looms weaving our loves again.
Be there to hear it, it will be the only time,
most of all to hear your whole existence,
rehearsed by the sorrows, play itself into total exhaustion.

3 comments on “[Poetry Friday] Gelway Kinnell on Anxiety

  1. Time is a boat that carries us to a better place, a distant shore, a new inner-scape that makes sense of our past. If only we wait for it. A deep poem. Thanks.


  2. Nice job with a tough subject, Fats. “music of looms weaving our loves again.” — beautiful.


  3. This is perfect for me too, as I prepare to go back to Singapore in one week’s time. My body feels suddenly exhausted at the mere thought. But we keep on keeping on.


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