Let Evening Come - by Jane Kenyon

Published by: Mary B on 5th Jan 2018 | View all blogs by Mary B

Let Evening Come




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 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.


Jane Kenyon, “Let Evening Come” from Collected Poems. Copyright © 2005 by the Estate of Jane Kenyon. 

Source: Let Evening Come: Poems (Graywolf Press, 1990)




  • Mary B
    by Mary B 6 months ago
    I found this quite a good piece to mark the end of another day and another the week. I hope you agree...
  • Sandy H
    by Sandy H 6 months ago
    Thank You Mary... This Poem has a sense of peace and calm at the end of a busy day. I enjoyed reading this...:)
  • Bill W
    by Bill W 6 months ago
    What a lovely interlude.....I was there while reading....thank you Mary.
  • josee  a
    by josee a 6 months ago
    Lovely, Mary. Thank you for posting.
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