Poem Sampler

Poems of Illness

Poems that confront the mystery of sickness and dying.

by The Editors

Burning by Galway Kinnell
He lives, who last night flopped from a log
Into the creek, and all night by an ankle

Infirmity by Theodore Roethke
In purest song one plays the constant fool
As changes shimmer in the inner eye.

It Couldn't Be Done by Edgar Albert Guest
Somebody said that it couldn’t be done
But he with a chuckle replied

Lines to Accompany Flowers for Eve by Carolyn Kizer
The florist was told, cyclamen or azalea;
White in either case, for you are pale

On Quitting by Edgar Albert Guest
How much grit do you think you’ve got?
Can you quit a thing that you like a lot?

Sandra: At the Beaver Trap by Michael S. Harper
Nose only above water;
an hour in the ice melt;

Originally Published: January 1, 2006


On April 1, 2008 at 4:31pm Mary Alice Newman wrote:
I enjoy poetry. In a movie, "Prancer,"

the actor, Sam Elliott, reads from a children's book: You tear apart the baby's rattle and you see what makes the noise inside. ...vail covering the unseen world the strongest man can't tear apart only faith, poetry, love and romance can push aside that curtain and view the beauty and the gorly...

I would like to know where to find this text/poetry.

If you would be so kind to e-mail me I would be grateful.

On March 2, 2010 at 11:36am retired wrote:
these words are in the news paper
response to "Virginia" regarding is there a
Santa Claus.


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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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