Swimming In The Trees

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Oh, my heart is broken

Adrienne Rich has died. I am weeping. This is the poem that has been in my heart since I was a teenager, and led me to read so much more of her. I feel like I have lost a light.

“Prospective Immigrants Please Note” by Adrienne Rich


Either you will

go through this door

or you will not go through.


If you go through

there is always the risk

of remembering your name.


Things look at you doubly

and you must look back

and let them happen.


If you do not go through

it is possible

to live worthily


to maintain your attitudes

to hold your position

to die bravely


but much will blind you,

much will evade you,

at what cost who knows?


The door itself makes no promises.

It is only a door.


Posted by jessica handler at 6:09 PM

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This was posted on my friend Jessica’s blog today. I was never a monster fan of Rich, but admired her skill, her craft, and I do feel sorrow at her passing. Thanks to Jessica for noting this today…