Otherwise

I saw this beautiful poem posted on another blog recently and had to share it with you too.

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.

Doesn’t the juxtaposition of these thoughts simultaneously fill you up with hope and desperation? I loved it. Comment below if you did too.

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. jrusoloward says:

    Touching, and true. There but for the grace of God go I. For now.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Run Wright says:

      Thanks for reading. I thought it too beautiful not to share so I’m glad you were moved by it too.

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  2. Thank you. I emailed this poem to many of my friends.

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