Let Evening Come

Let the light of late afternoon
shine through chinks in the barn, moving
up the bales as the sun moves down.

Let the cricket take up chafing
as a woman takes up her needles
and her yarn. Let evening come.

Let dew collect on the hoe abandoned
in long grass. Let the stars appear
and the moon disclose her silver horn.

Let the fox go back to its sandy den.
Let the wind die down. Let the shed
go black inside. Let evening come.

To the bottle in the ditch, to the scoop
in the oats, to air in the lung
let evening come.

Let it come, as it will, and don’t
be afraid. God does not leave us
comfortless, so let evening come.

Jane Kenyon

July Birthdays

July 1 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (German, born 1646)
July 12 Henry David Thoreau (American, born 1817)
July 15 Jacques Derrida (Algerian-French, born 1930) and Richard Cumberland (British, born 1631)
July 17 Alexius Meinong (Austrian, born 1853)
July 18 Immanuel Fichte (German, born 1797) and Thomas Kuhn (American, born 1922)
July 19 Herbert Marcuse (German, born 1898)
July 28 Ernst Cassirer (German, born 1874), Ludwig Feuerbach (German, born 1804), and Karl Popper (Austrian-British, born 1902)
July 29 Jean Baudrillard (French, born 1929)
July 31 Hilary Putnam (American, born 1926) and John Searle (American, born 1932)

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