“Before She Died” by Karen Chase
Poetry 180: A Poem a Day for American High Schools, Hosted by Billy Collins, U.S. Poet Laureate, 2001-2003
Before She Died
When I look at the sky now, I look at it for you. As if with enough attention, I could take it in for you. With all the leaves gone almost from the trees, I did not walk briskly through the field. Late today with my dog Wool, I lay down in the upper field, he panting and aged, me looking at the blue. Leaning on him, I wondered how finite these lustered days seem to you, A stand of hemlock across the lake catches my eye. It will take a long time to know how it is for you. Like a dog's lifetime -- long -- multiplied by sevens.
From Kazimierz Square, 2000
CavanKerry Press, Fort Lee, N.J.
Copyright 2000 by Karen Chase.
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About the Poet
Karen Chase is the author of two volumes of poetry, including Bear: Poetry (CavanKerry Press, 2008).
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