Poems Worth Sharing

I don’t understand poetry, but I like it. I don’t understand poetry, but some times I try my hand at it. Perhaps this post may be the start of sharing poems which move me. The first poem I share is a poem first shared with me.

I vividly remember one day, during a Biblical studies class in seminary, when Dr. Hewlitt Gloer stood up and read “Otherwise” by Jane Kenyon. Before the class was over, I ordered Otherwise: New and Selected Poems by Jane Kenyon. I’ve been a fan ever since.

Otherwise by Jane Kenyon

I got out of bed
on two strong legs.
It might have been
otherwise. I ate
cereal, sweet
milk, ripe, flawless
peach. It might
have been otherwise.
I took the dog uphill
to the birch wood.
All morning I did
the work I love.

At noon I lay down
with my mate. It might
have been otherwise.
We ate dinner together
at a table with silver
candlesticks. It might
have been otherwise.
I slept in a bed
in a room with paintings
on the walls, and
planned another day
just like this day.
But one day, I know,
it will be otherwise.

5 thoughts on “Poems Worth Sharing

  1. I don’t understand poetry either and don’t appreciate much of it, but over the years there are a few that have resonated with me for one reason or another. “Horatius At The Bridge” by Macauly; “Ozymandias” by Shelley; “The Second Coming” by Yeats; several of Kiplings poems, and a few others. “Otherwise” has just landed solidly in that small collection. It’s as eloquent a commentary on thankfulness as I think I’ve ever heard. Thanks for introducing me to it!


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