Thursday, July 23, 2020

Poetry on Thursday

Maggie Smith (the poet, not the Dame) is coming out with a new book in October, entitled Keep Moving. I loved Good Bones and am eagerly anticipating this new one. I have my fingers crossed that I might win a copy in a Goodreads giveaway, but in the meantime here is a poem from Maggie Smith. 

How Dark the Beginning
Maggie Smith

All we ever talk of is light—
let there be light, there was light then,

good light—but what I consider
dawn is darker than all that.

So many hours between the day
receding and what we recognize

as morning, the sun cresting
like a wave that won’t break

over us—as if  light were protective,
as if  no hearts were flayed,

no bodies broken on a day
like today. In any film,

the sunrise tells us everything
will be all right. Danger wouldn’t

dare show up now, dragging
its shadow across the screen.

We talk so much of  light, please
let me speak on behalf

of  the good dark. Let us
talk more of how dark

the beginning of a day is.
Poetry magazine, February 2020
Read more about Maggie Smith here
I wish you mindfulness, presence, calm, and some poetry as this week winds down. 


  1. I am so thankful that my blog friends have introduced me to such wonderful poets and poems. Love this one! (And thanks for the link to the giveaway -- I'm sorry I had to make your chances worse by entering, but I couldn't resist!)

  2. This is beautiful Bonny. Maggie Smith certainly has a way with words. Thank you for sharing!

  3. I wish you all the same things, Bonny. Thank you for the poem. Have a good Thursday.

  4. Bonny, I love the night. As I lay down to sleep I feel so grateful especially in summertime. Windows open. Night sounds here and there. Wind on the leaves and perfect sleeping temps 50-60s
    I wrote a lot of poetry in high school and College.

  5. That's lovely, Bonny. Thanks for sharing!

  6. I follow her on twitter and she is a soothing soul to read during these times. Thank you for the poem share!!

  7. This is beautiful! And, I am off to find her on Twitter! I need more soothing voices! :)

  8. What a beautiful poem. I have not read this poet so am off to go find her. I hope you are having a good weekend, finding some peace and mindfulness.


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