Friday, January 21, 2011

"Things Shouldn't Be So Hard," Kay Ryan

A life should keep deep tracks: ruts where she went out and back to get the mail or move the hose around the yard; where she used to stand before the sink, a worn-out place. Beneath her hand, the china knobs rubbed down to white pastilles. The switch she used to feel for in the dark almost erased.

Her things should keep her marks. The passage of a life should show; it should abrade. And when life stops, a certain space, however small, should be left scarred by the grand and damaging parade. Things shouldn't be so hard.

~ Kay Ryan, "Things Shouldn't Be So Hard"

No comments:

Post a Comment