McNair to Hall, September 16, 1984

Letter from McNair to Hall, September 16, 1984, Page 1, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire

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September 16, 1984

Dear Don,

I am now trying to get together a batch
of poems for Joey. Will you let me know
whether you think this one is ready for
the batch?

The past 2-3 weeks have been taken over
by course preparation for Dartmouth (I
start Monday). I’m hoping that by
spending so much time before the term starts,
I’ll be able to create room for writing.
I know I’ll have more time this term
than I would normally have at CSC.
Will soon know how much more!




Perley Hunt is off
balance. Each day

the part of him
that is no longer

afraid to fall, and the part
of him that is,

argue all the way
to the mail.

People who come out
of the postoffice see

him walking,
by almost falling down

on one side
and on the alternate

other, holding aloft
the bony wing

of his cane,
and in this moment

not one thinks
of his bad luck

or of the lucky life
he might have had.

None thinks of any life
beyond these hands

slowly passing a cane
back and forth,

this miracle of walking
on the undulant earth.