Lyrical Somerville – January 10

On January 10, 2018, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times


“I wrote this poem after visiting Joe Cohen, a poet and photographer who suffered a stroke and died at the age of 100 in December. Joe had just attended a performance of Handel’s Messiah and was explaining to a young friend the inner workings of a Beethoven piece the night the stroke hit him. He lingered for quite a long time, clinging to the life he so loved and enjoyed. I knew Joe through the Bagel Bards and worked with Joe briefly in my capacity as poetry writing coach. He attended a one-man performance of my play Every Broom and Bridget—Emily Dickinson and Her Irish Servants and took some fabulous photographs. I will miss him.”


For Joe Cohen, On His Way Out


Tom Daley

You seem to shudder

when I hold your hand,


seem to rustle up a cough

of recognition,


seem to say, with the half moons

of your eyes,


I am almost

with the animals now,


placing my trust

in that dark lair


where breath doesn’t count

itself in or out,


where ripeness is slower

than a century,


where all the surprises

are shedding their fur.


— Tom Daley



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