As Luck Would Have It

December 17, 2010

I’ve been reading the book, Lies My Mother Told Me: A Memoir by Kaylie Jones, the daughter of James Jones, author of From Here To Eternity. It’s a good read in which Kaylie writes about growing up with alcoholic parents, especially her difficult and complex relationship with her mother. One day, on a bus in Manhattan, Kaylie notices this poem (as part of Poertry in Motion) placed above the windows along the space usually reserved for ads.  It was a poem written by Langston Hughes called Luck that goes like this:


Sometimes a crumb falls

From the tables of joy,

Sometimes a bone

Is flung.


To some people

Love is given,

To others

Only heaven.

Over the last few days, I’ve read this poem many times. I’m struck by how these few lines reveal such honesty, beauty and pain. So much like how life can be at times, for some of us more than others.




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