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Author: poem of Randall Jarrell Type: poem Views: 15

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The spirit killeth, but the letter giveth life.

The week is dealt out like a hand

That children pick up card by card.

One keeps getting the same hand.

One keeps getting the same card.

But twice a day -- except on Saturday --

The wheel stops, there is a crack in Time:

With a hiss of soles, a rattle of tin,

My own gray Daemon pauses on the stair,

My own bald Fortune lifts me by the hair.

Woe's me! woe's me! In Folly's mailbox

Still laughs the postcard, Hope:

Your uncle in Australia

Has died and you are Pope,

For many a soul has entertained

A Mailman unawares --

And as you cry, Impossible,

A step is on the stairs.

One keeps getting the same dream

Delayed, marked "Payment Due,"

The bill that one has paid

Delayed, marked "Payment Due" --

Twice a day, in rotting mailbox,

The white grubs are new:

And Faith, once more, is mine

Faithfully, but Charity

Writes hopefully about a new

Asylum -- but Hope is as good as new.

Woe's me! woe's me! In Folly's mailbox

Still laughs the postcard, Hope:

Your uncle in Australia

Has died and you are Pope,

For many a soul has entertained

A mailman unawares --

And as you cry, Impossible,

A step is on the stairs.






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