An Early Afterlife by Linda Pastan

An Early Afterlife by Linda Pastan Why don’t we say good-bye right now In the fallacy of perfect health before whatever is going to happen happens. We could perfect our parting, like those characters in On the Beach who said farewell in the shadow of the bomb as we sat watching, young and holding hands […]

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Autumn by Louise Gluck

“Autumn” by Louise Glück The part of life devoted to contemplation was at odds with the part committed to action. Fall was approaching. But I remember it was always approaching once school ended. Life, my sister said, is like a torch passed now from the body to the mind. Sadly, she went on, the mind […]

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The Pasture by Robert Frost

The Pasture BY ROBERT FROST I’m going out to clean the pasture spring; I’ll only stop to rake the leaves away (And wait to watch the water clear, I may): I sha’n’t be gone long.—You come too. I’m going out to fetch the little calf That’s standing by the mother. It’s so young, It totters […]

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The Round by Stanley Kunitz

The Round by Stanley Kunitz Light splashed this morning on the shell-pink anemones swaying on their tall stems; down blue-spiked veronica light flowed in rivulets over the humps of the honeybees; this morning I saw light kiss the silk of the roses in their second flowering, my late bloomers flushed with their brandy. A curious […]

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A Warm Day by Louise Gluck

A Warm Day by Louise Gluck Today the sun was shining so my neighbor washed her nightdresses in the river— she comes home with everything folded in a basket, beaming, as though her life had just been lengthened a decade. Cleanliness makes her happy— it says you can begin again, the old mistakes needn’t hold […]

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