Magazine January 27, 2020, Issue

The Last Year


The walls are graying in the house
Potpourri crumbles. In the air
Hang Meals on Wheels. Don’t leave me there.

Helpers and readers of machines,
Daughters and sons blink back their stare,
Talk gently, loud. Don’t leave me there:

Lose me in a delicious wind,
Anywhere, nowhere, in Your care,
Joyfully sleeping in midair.


Sarah Ruden’s most recent books are the extensively revised second edition of her Aeneid translation and her new translation of the Gospels.

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