From My Commonplace Book - 26


by Kay Ryan

As some people age
they kinden.
The apertures of their eyes widen.
I do not think they weaken;
I think something weak strengthens
until they are more and more it,
like letting in heaven.
But other people are
mussels or clams, frightened.
Steam or knife blades mean open.
They hear heaven, they think boiled or broken.

Kay Ryan (American, born 1945) was the sixteenth Poet Laureate. The poem "Age" is included in The Best of It: New and Selected Poems.


Thank you for another charming poem Merry, I think she is saying heaven is within if one cares to look for all too, not just in age. Lovely poem.
I enjoyed this, Merry, thank you! It reminds me a little bit of the Cohen refrain, "There is a crack in everything; that's how the light gets in."
Thank you, 3CFIDS@ourhouse.

Do you happen to know the title of the Leonard Cohen song? Maybe if I google. . . .

Edit: "Anthem" is the song. Found a YouTube video. Lovely.

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