Grace Paley

Dec. 12, 1922 - Aug. 22, 2007

Today is the second anniversary of the world's loss of Grace Paley, one of my all-time favorite authors. She is best known for her short stories, but I thought I'd share a line of her poetry. This is from "Education" in her last book, Fidelity.

it's good in one ordinary life
to have witnessed the hard labor
of a long death the way one
high branch can still advance alone pale green
and greener into the sun's
nutritious light