POETRY CORNER :: The Gate

THE GATE by Marie Howe

"I had no idea that the gate I would step through 

to finally enter this world

would be the space my brother's body made. He was 

a little taller than me: a young man

but grown, himself by then, 

done at twenty-eight, having folded every sheet, 

rinsed every glass he would ever rinse under the cold 

and running water. 

This is what you have been waiting for, he used to say to me. 

And I'd say, What? 

And he'd say, This—holding up my cheese and mustard sandwich. 

And I'd say, What? 

And he'd say, This, sort of looking around. "

This poem by the incredible poet Marie Howe is such a beautiful explanation of the wisdom that arrives in the face of death, and how happiness is exactly right where you are.