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PostPosted: Wed Aug 09, 2017 11:30 pm    Post subject: The Patience of Ordinary Things  Reply with quote

THE PATIENCE OF ORDINARY THINGS

It is a kind of love, is it not?
How the cup holds the tea,
How the chair stands sturdy and foursquare,
How the floor receives the bottoms of shoes
Or toes. How soles of feet know
Where they’re supposed to be.
I’ve been thinking about the patience
Of ordinary things, how clothes
Wait respectfully in closets
And soap dries quietly in the dish,
And towels drink the wet
From the skin of the back.
And the lovely repetition of stairs.
And what is more generous than a window?

~ Pat Schneider
Another River: New and Selected Poems
Amherst Writers & Artists Press

From Poems in the Waiting Room in our doctor's.  I quite like this sort of poem about everyday things given a poetic treatment, but still retaining their simplicity.



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