Today is the 20th annual Poem In Your Pocket Day and, in honor of the day, I am sharing one of my favorite poems. It comes from the anthology Healing the Divide and I hope you will enjoy it.
Listen by 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.
Love the photo of the bunny and the poem!
What a beautiful poem Carole – thanks so much for sharing (it’s a new one to me). cute bunny picture too:)
What a lovely poem, Carole! (That is one of my favorite poetry anthologies. Every poem is a winner!) XO
That poem is a lovely way to celebrate Poem In Your Pocket Day; thanks for sharing!
Beatiful poem Carole!
Have a great weekend XO
Ruth E Norton says
love it! thank you, Carole!!
Lovely. Thank-you Carole.
Thank you for sharing such a beautiful poem and such a sweet photo!
Beautiful poem. It was new to me. Thank you.
Somehow I didn’t see this until today, but it seems like perfect timing, seeing as the sun came out this morning after a long day of rain yesterday. Thank you for sharing it!