Letting Loss In. - a Poem by Alan Cohen

Once we acknowledge loss, we look for something new to take into our hearts.

Letting Loss In. - a Poem by Alan Cohen

Watching the earth movers

Change the landscape

I open the window

And let loss into the room

Never-agains from every era of the past:

The line drive off the left field wall

Evil jungle shrimp

Karen’s hesitant, once might have been my wife, kiss

The garden at Tivoli

The Chocolate Bakery

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That first reading of The Waves

In life’s late afternoon

There’s still a flood of light

We may see the limp balloons of the morning glory

In among the brighter flowers

But the transcendent light of evening is still ahead

There is no crisis

But once we acknowledge loss

We look too for something fresh, something new

Some flower, face, or gesture

To take into our hearts

Knowing it should outlive us

As we have the things we mourn

The concussion of the trucks

Scatters a lovely apricot dust

Softening the sunlight

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Alan Cohen

Alan Cohen is a poet first, then PCMD, teacher, and manager, living a full varied life. After writing poems all his life, he is beginning now to share some of his discoveries.

Eugene, OR

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