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“In the Nursing Home” by Jane Kenyon

June 27, 2014 by Reader's Connection

Collected Poems


“In the Nursing Home” from Jane Kenyon’s Collected Poems (Graywolf, ©2005) appears by permission of Graywolf Press.








In the Nursing Home

She is like a horse grazing
a hill pasture that someone makes
smaller by coming every night
to pull the fences in and in.

She has stopped running wide loops,
stopped even the tight circles.
She drops her head to feed; grass
is dust, and the creekbed’s dry.

Master, come with your light
halter. Come and bring her in.


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