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“Trust the Hours” (Wait)

Wait, for now.
Distrust everything, if you have to.
But trust the hours. Haven’t they
carried you everywhere, up to now?
Personal events will become interesting again.
Hair will become interesting.
Pain will become interesting.
Buds that open out of season will become lovely again.
Second-hand gloves will become lovely again,
their memories are what give them
the need for other hands. And the desolation
of lovers is the same: that enormous emptiness
carved out of such tiny beings as we are
asks to be filled; the need
for the new love is faithfulness to the old.

Wait.
Don’t go too early.
You’re tired. But everyone’s tired.
But no one is tired enough.
Only wait a while and listen.
Music of hair,
Music of pain,
music of looms weaving all our loves again.
Be there to hear it, it will be the only time,
most of all to hear,
the flute of your whole existence,
rehearsed by the sorrows, play itself into total exhaustion.

–Galway Kinnell

“Trust the Hours” (Wait) Analysis:

“Trust the Hours” by Galway Kinnell makes the reader think about patience and what time can truly bring to one being. Galway Kinnell’s writing shows an optimistic way to see life. Time is precious and in lives today, time is either rushed through or slowly participated. Growing in life brings pain; feeling pain brings life. Pain is brought to one life and it can be seen as weakness is leaving the body. What holds us on to keep going day by day into our lives? What keeps us to believe time will heal us? You can see it as vice versa when things come down to it, Galway Kinnell explains it all in perfect words in this poem. As humans, we will feel regret, guilt, pleasure, and pain, but when the negatives go away, we look back and can laugh at the past.

Time is often seen as a value aspect of life which sometimes could be wasted on someone’s life. When people say time is everything, it really is. Time is used to trust someone, time is used to fall in love, time is used to watch something grow, time is used to see how much we can truly endure, time is used to measure when the pain will go away, and time is used to know when to awake and when to rest. Galway Kinnell says, “Personal events will become interesting again. Hair will become interesting. Pain will become interesting.” When we are going through a hardship, we do not often overlook what will happen when we finally overcome it. But Galway Kinnell says that eventually the events we go thought will be looked upon later on with joy and we will be able to learn from it. The analogy with hair brings that we can never know how long each strand is going to grow; some strands take longer than the other, but we can be compared to a strand of hair. Some people get affected by obstacles differently and they take different times to get healed. Pain will eventually be seen as interesting and not as a negative way when we see how we can mature from it.

Towards the end of the poem, it reads as a dialog where he’s going back and forth with himself. “Don’t go too early. You’re tired. But everyone’s tired. But no one is tired enough.
Only wait a while and listen. Music of hair, Music of pain, music of looms weaving all our loves again. Be there to hear it, it will be the only time, most of all to hear, the flute of your whole existence, rehearsed by the sorrows, play itself into total exhaustion.” The smallest or the biggest things can be portrayed to be looked at differently. When we hear music, do we listen to it deeply? When life brings us a ball of fire, we are not to let it completely destroy us. It will be exhausting and it will be overwhelming. Even though, we do get tired in life mentally, we still have that bit of energy to push us through. What we may do may not be perfect at first; moreover, even choirs have to rehearse to get better and better. We should be able to see things as a whole than looking at life through the outline of a picture.

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