Second Cup of Saturday Morning Coffee

by Christine Adams Beckett

Louis Simpson passed away this week, a Pulitzer Prize winning poet who wasn’t exactly known for his upbeat view on life. A veteran of WWII, he had seen the darker side of human nature and suffered from PTSD. He was also known for his scathing commentary on suburban life.

A dear friend, with whom I walk my dog, pointed out his obituary to me on Tuesday, which included a quote from his poem, A Farewell to His Muse, offering his less pessimistic view on the world that came with age:

All you really know is given

at moments when you’re seeing and listening.

Being in love

is a great help.

Oh yes, but keep a dog.