I posted this back in 2013 but I’m having a moment with Jane Kenyon, so here’s parts of two out of her three songs, which have been on my mind.


from Three Songs at the End of Summer
by Jane Kenyon

Cloud shadows rush over drying hay,
fences, dusty lane, and railroad ravine.
The first yellowing fronds of goldenrod
brighten the margins of the woods.

Schoolbooks, carpools, pleated skirts;
water, silver-still, and a vee of geese.


The cicada’s dry monotony breaks
over me. The days are bright
and free, bright and free.

Then why did I cry today
for an hour, with my whole
body, the way babies cry?