Thursday, February 09, 2017

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 morning's poem is reprinted with permission from Dolores Stewart's gorgeous volume of poetry, The Nature of Things.


Pienosole said...

Vibrant and gorgeous - the cardinal, that is. Much welcome on a gray snowy morning. :-)

Barbara Rogers said...

I love his fluffed up self against the cold. Such a beauty!

Mystic Meandering said...

Wonderful enchanting words to hear this morning! Lightens the heart... Taking home pockets full of myths in the imagery today... :)

Marcie said...

That poem is so beautiful. I must go read more of what she wrote! Your cardinal photo is the perfect accompaniment!

My Journey To Mindfulness said...

Thank you
Need to get her book out
once again
and read..