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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.

Hoping It Might Be So

Hoping it Might be So

There must be a place where the whole of it all comes right,
Where the little boy buggered and strangled in the wood
Is comforted by his parents, and comforts his parents,
And everything horrible ever is understood,

I say:

For at least six million reasons or else no light,
No light in the day.

There must be somewhere it doesn't happen like this,
Where reparation is made, a tous compris,
Where the drowned men rise, walk back from the boats in the evening,
And the lost child sings on her new-made father's knee,

I say:

For at least six million reasons or else no reason
And nothing to be.


from Hoping it Might be So (Leviathan, 2000), copyright © Kit Wright 2000, used by permission of the author

Recordings

Kit Wright Reading from his Poems

1Advice for Attending a Hundredth Birthday Party

2Mantles

3Waiting for the 242

4Hoping it Might be So

5Missing, 1944

6Belongings

7Sonnet for Dick

8The Day Room

9How The Wild South East Was Lost

10The Adventures of Patience

11Tune for an Ice Cream Van

12The Apprehenders

13Elizabeth

14The Council of the Gods

15Red Boots On

16I Found South African Breweries Most Hospitable

17Hardly Believable Horace and Hattie in Hell

18Short Afternoons

19The Sub-Song

20Moorhouse

21Ode to Didcot Power Station

22The Boys Bump-Starting the Hearse

23The Yoke

24A Horrid Old Man Reads A Cookery Book

25A Light Toast

26The Orbison Consolations

27Every Day In Every Way

Books by Kit Wright