Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Gratitude Poem Raymond Carver
There has been a lot of interest in Raymond Carver recently because of the new film, "Birdman" which is about a Broadway production of one of Carver's short stories. Here is a beautiful poem--perfect for Thanksgiving --also from Raymond Carver near the end of his life:
No other word will do. For that’s what it was. Gravy.
Gravy, these past ten years. Alive, sober, working, loving, and
being loved by a good woman. Eleven years
ago he was told he had six months to live
at the rate he was going. And he was going
nowhere but down. So he changed his ways
somehow. He quit drinking! And the rest?
After that it was all gravy, every minute
of it, up to and including when he was told about,
well, some things that were breaking down and
he said to his friends. “I’m a lucky man.
I’ve had ten years longer than I or anyone
expected. Pure Gravy. And don’t forget it.”