“The Farewell” by Edward Field
Poetry 180: A Poem a Day for American High Schools, Hosted by Billy Collins, U.S. Poet Laureate, 2001-2003
They say the ice will hold so there I go, forced to believe them by my act of trusting people, stepping out on it, and naturally it gaps open and I, forced to carry on coolly by my act of being imperturbable, slide erectly into the water wearing my captain's helmet, waving to the shore with a sad smile, "Goodbye my darlings, goodbye dear one," as the ice meets again over my head with a click.
From Counting Myself Lucky: Selected Poems,
Black Sparrow Press, Santa Rosa, Calif.
Copyright 1992 by Edward Field.
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Reprinted by permission of Black Sparrow Press from Counting Myself Lucky: Selected Poems 1963-1992. Copyright 1992 by Edward Field. For further permissions information, contact Black Sparrow Press, 24 Tenth Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401.
About the Poet
Edward Field (1924- ) is the author of six poetry collections, including After the Fall: Poems Old and New (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2007). Field was born in Brooklyn, New York and. he grew up on Long Island.
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