Donald Revell

Olney Hymn
February 10, 2014 Revell Donald

Olney Hymn


not my li-

fe this and

that is a

death I can-

not die


doesn’t even

know me

any old lady

on a porch

with a pill

shows me the

rain begin-

ning its godly

amble up

the green al-

ley my life

rain rain

on the chain-

link fences

on the ragged

red leaves

and green in-

visible flowers

my three

children em-

bracing me

brush the hand-

print of God

from my shirt

this and that

and that is

a death I can-

not die

Donald Revell is the author of 14 collections of poetry, most recently of Drought-Adapted Vine (2015) and Tantivy (2012), both from Alice James Books. He is Professor of English at the University of Nevada– Las Vegas & Black Mountain Institute.