Are for poetry. That’s right. Even though I’m not someone who reads poetry frequently, when a book comes recommended by Kym and Margene and Bonny I sit up and take notice and read it.
Many of the poems in Healing the Divide: Poems of Kindness and Connection are wonderful but this one in particular really stayed with me and I want to share it with you all today.
Listen, Barbara Crooker
I want to tell you something. This morning
Is bright after all the steady rain, and every iris,
peony, rose, opens its mouth, rejoicing. I want to say,
wake up, open your eyes, there’s a snow-covered road
ahead, a field of blankness, a sheet of paper, an empty screen.
Even the smallest insects are singing, vibrating their entire bodies,
tiny violins of longing and desire. We were made for song.
I can’t tell you what prayer is, but I can take the breath
of the meadow into my mouth, and I can release it for the leaves
green need. I want to tell you your life is a blue coal, a slice
of orange in the mouth, cut hay in the nostrils. The cardinals’
red song dances in your blood. Look, every month the moon
blossoms into a peony, then shrinks to a sliver of garlic.
And then it blooms again.
I hope this makes your Monday a little bit better than it would have been without it.
What a beautiful poem, Carole. It’s certainly a poem that speaks to me of mindfulness in everyday nature, something that we all need to pay attention to these days. Happy Monday!
It makes my Monday better! Thanks for sharing (and I’m glad you’re enjoying some poetry)!
A beautiful way to start the week. Thank you!
Poetry is my sanity life line these days! Thank you for sharing! XO
Absolutely! Thank-you Carole!
Lovely. Thanks Carole!
Katie @ The Cozy Burrow says
I am so thankful that so many of you are sharing poetry lately. This one is especially gorgeous – thank you!