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Hoping It Might Be So

Kit Wright


Hoping It Might Be So

Kit Wright


Poem introduction

'Hoping it Might Be So', the title of this next poem, is a line from Hardy's wonderful poem 'The Oxen', the final line, where he's talking about the country superstition that on Christmas Eve the oxen would be kneeling in the stable, which he thinks an unlikely kind of thing to be true, but if anybody suggested that it might be the case, he would go with them, through the gloom, hoping it might be so. And my poem, really about, I suppose, the afterlife, is wondering if there might not be some sort of justification, some squaring of the account, for the terrible things that happen in life, and the six million here are the figures of the Holocaust.

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