Saturday, November 10, 2012

Thank You Raymond Carver


“And did you get what
you wanted from this life, even so?
I did.
And what did you want?
To call myself beloved, to feel myself
beloved on the earth.


from "Late Fragment" by Raymond Carver

I appreciate your question
Raymond Carver.  I thought
I knew the answer.
 
You have the answer
when you find the basic joy
of life and name it.

To feel beloved on this earth
is the one precious thing
in all things I have ignored

In reaching out and searching
ever searching I skipped around
dove over, and ignored the answer.
 

I have been beloved on this earth
and I have loved deeply.  I have
everything I ever wanted.

4 comments:

Mary said...

Beautiful last stanza, Judy. To love and have been loved is the most important thing of all.

becca said...

love and be loved is what makes life grand

Ann said...

Great philosophy, Judy, and I've seen you live it.

Victoria said...

Yes, you are beloved on this earth, and have loved deeply - an homor to know you and your love.