06 February, 2014

Thursday Poem - Don't wait for something beautiful to find you

Go out into the weather-beaten world
where straw men lean on frozen fields
and find the cardinal's scarlet flash of wing,
a winter heart, a feathered hope.

Without a camera or a memory,
we travel these old country roads,
turn corners like the pages of a book,
enchanted by the ordinary life

of fields and rocks and woods,
of small wild creatures stirring in the brush.
We take home pockets full of myths
and wonders seldom seen.

We will not give up easily,
Across the breakfast table
in our precarious nest,
we make those promises keep on going

that no one ever keeps.  And yet...
there is the cardinal again,
a finial on our old gray fence.
Red is for Valentines.

This favorite poem is reprinted with permission from my friend Dolores Stewart's gorgeous volume of poetry, The Nature of Things

4 comments:

Lilian Nattel said...

Perfect for today!

Katherine Thomas said...

Beautiful words and pictures. Thanks for inspiration!

Pilar Teishin said...

i always seem to fall back into your blog at precisely the moment i need it most! thank you.

sandra hagan said...

splendid words, splendid picture, red.