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.

by Jane Kenyon

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I read her poem aside Father`s bier Easing the way for both his path and mine Some time ago some how. A full, robust barn, his life one to admire` Weathered by storm, yet head held higher Built some time ago some how Now a void shell that served him well Without song or wind the daylight fell . Evening came some time ago some how I held his hand for an unknown time Not unlike in youth he firmly held mine We strode together, some time ago and now
i cannot sleep until ai read this poem oruntil i listento it here on the computer...then i can let myself sleep in the evening.......as night comes on.
Jane Kenyon's poem 'Let Evening Come' was featured in the film 'In Her Shoes', in a scene where the character [played by Cameron Diaz] reads the poem (as well as 'One Art' by Elizabeth Bishop) to a blind nursing home resident.
Let Evening Come Let the light of late afternoon shine through chinks in the barn, moving up the bales as the sun moves down. - ITALIAN: Lascia che venga la sera Lascia che la luce del tardo pomeriggio splenda attraverso le fessure nella stalla, muovendosi in alto sulle balle di fieno all'abbassarsi del sole.
Let it come, as it will, and don't be afraid. God does not leave us comfortless.............inspiring write of strong conviction of faith in God...
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