Let Evening Come

Jane Kenyon
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 the 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.
Page 59, Poetry Ireland Review Issue 28