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Jane Kenyon - Notes from the Other Side

I divested myself of despair
and fear when I came here.

Now there is no more catching
one's own eye in the mirror,

there are no bad books, no plastic,
no insurance premiums, and of course

no illness. Contrition 
does not exist, nor gnashing

of teeth. No one howls as the first
clod of earth hits the casket.

The poor we no longer have with us. 
Our calm hearts strike only the hour,

and God, as promised, proves
to be mercy clothed in light. 

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Poet: Jane Kenyon
Poem: Notes from the Other Side
Poem of the Day: May 11 2015

Comment 2 of 2, added on February 5th, 2009 at 10:52 AM.

I researched Jane and chose this poem to discuss today in my English 102 class. Notes From The Other Side came easy to me. I believe she is explaining what she will see while looking down at her burial and what she no longer feels.. All the pain and suffering will no longer be. Jane is an amazing poet, and so is her husband Donald Hall.. :)

desiree from United States
Comment 1 of 2, added on April 17th, 2005 at 10:52 PM.

I think this was a great poem, it was very easy for me to understand what she was talking about. The only problem I have right now is analysing it. Poetry is not something I read often, so analysing is hard. Other than that the poem was great.

Tish Pannell from United States

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