"I stand alone at the foot "

By William Kloefkorn 1932–2011 William Kloefkorn
I stand alone at the foot   
Of my father’s grave,   
Trembling to tell:   
The door to the granary is open,   
And someone lost the bucket   
To the well.

Poem copyright © 2004 by William Kloefkorn, whose most recent book of poetry is Still Life Moving, WSC Press, 2007, illustrated with pastel paintings by Carlos Frey. Reprinted from Alvin Turner As Farmer, Logan House, 2004, by permission of the author and publisher.

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Poet William Kloefkorn 1932–2011

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Subjects Living, Death, Relationships, Family & Ancestors

Poetic Terms Free Verse


William Kloefkorn was the author of more than 30 books, including Swallowing the Soap: New and Selected Poems (2010), Still Life Moving (2007), and Alvin Turner As Farmer (2004). His poetry was published in former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser's column, “American Life in Poetry.” He lived in Nebraska, where he served as Nebraska state poet and was emeritus professor at Nebraska Wesleyan University.

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SUBJECT Living, Death, Relationships, Family & Ancestors

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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