"I stand alone at the foot "

By William Kloefkorn 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

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Subjects Living, Death, Relationships, Family & Ancestors

Poetic Terms Free Verse


William Kloefkorn is the author of Still Life Moving (WSC Press, 2007) and Alvin Turner As Farmer (Logan House, 2004). His poetry has been published in former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser's column, "American Life in Poetry." He lives in Nebraska.

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SUBJECT Living, Death, Relationships, Family & Ancestors

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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