Thank a Writer Project: Donald Hall and Jane Kenyon
Nathan Bransford and I are writing thank you notes to our favorite authors in the Go Mighty #ThankAWriter project. Please join us! See this post to find out how to create a Go Mighty profile and see the other inspiring letters. Every note you write and post about on Go Mighty enters you to win the first six books in the Penguin Drop Caps series.
This is our last week of the Thank a Writer project. We’ll be announcing the winner of the Penguin Classics drawing on Monday, so write some letters this weekend if you’d like to throw your hat in the ring.
My letter this week is a thank you and condolence letter to Donald Hall, husband of Jane Kenyon. Ms. Kenyon is my favorite poet, but she died in 1995.
The anniversary of her death is in a few days, and I wanted to thank Mr. Hall for writing about their lives together. I’ve published a portion of my letter on Go Mighty, but thought I’d leave the rest between me and Mr. Hall.
This is my favorite Jane Kenyon poem.
Let Evening Come
Let the light of late afternoon
shine through chinks in the barn, moving
up the bales as the sun moves down.
Let the cricket take up chafing
as a woman takes up her needles
and her yarn. Let evening come.
Let dew collect on the hoe abandoned
in long grass. Let the stars appear
and the moon disclose her silver horn.
Let the fox go back to its sandy den.
Let the wind die down. Let the shed
go black inside. Let evening come.
To the bottle in the ditch, to the scoop
in the oats, to air in the lung
let evening come.
Let it come, as it will, and don’t
be afraid. God does not leave us
comfortless, so let evening come.