If It Should Ever Come

By Edward Dorn 1929–1999 Edward Dorn
And we are all there together
time will wave as willows do
and adios will be truly, yes,
      laughing at what is forgotten
and talking of what's new
admiring the roses you brought.
How sad.
You didn't know you were at the end
thought it was your bright pear
the earth, yes
another affair to have been kept
and gazed back on
when you had slept
to have been stored
as a squirrel will a nut, and half
there were so many, many
from the newly fallen.

Edward Dorn, "If it Should Ever Come" from The Collected Poems: 1956-1974 (Four Seasons Foundation, 1975)

Source: The Collected Poems: 1956-1974 (Four Seasons Foundation, 1975)

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Poet Edward Dorn 1929–1999

SCHOOL / PERIOD Black Mountain

Subjects Growing Old, Nature

 Edward  Dorn


Edward Dorn spent several years at Black Mountain College, a North Carolina school founded in 1933 as a liberal alternative for teachers and students seeking a creative educational environment. Breaking away from tradition, those affiliated with the school created art and literature that had a profound effect on American culture even after the college closed in 1956. Over the years numerous noteworthy artists and writers, . . .

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SUBJECT Growing Old, Nature

SCHOOL / PERIOD Black Mountain

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