Friday, September 22, 2023

"The Gift" by N. Scott Momaday

The Gift

For Bobby Jack Nelson

Older, more generous,
We give each other hope.
The gift is ominous:
Enough praise, enough rope.

Source of the text - N. Scott Momaday, Again the Far Morning: New and Selected Poems.  Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2011, page 26.

TJB: Bless-&-damn epigram. In this miniature wisdom-verse with a great rhyme, who are “we” older than? Is there any gift that is not also a curse?

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