And did you get what
you wanted from this life, even so?
And what did you want?
To call myself beloved, to feel myself
beloved on the earth.
"Late Fragment" by Raymond Carver, from A New Path to the Waterfall. © Atlantic Monthly Press, 1989.
Curator's note: This is the final poem in Carver's last published work, a collection written when he was dying of cancer.
Art credit: "Wishin’ and hopin’ and thinkin’ and prayin," photograph by unknown photographer (originally black and white).