Thursday, May 27, 2021

Poetry on Thursday


This little book is magical. It was a thoughtful gift from Kym, and no matter what page I open it up to, I am thrilled and surprised to find a poem that speaks to me deeply. Here is the one that was chosen for me (and you!) today.

Any Morning
William Stafford

Just lying on the couch and being happy.
Only humming a little, the quiet sound in the head.
Trouble is busy elsewhere at the moment, it has
so much to do in the world.

People who might judge are mostly asleep; they can't
monitor you all the time, and sometimes they forget.
When dawn flows over the hedge you can
get up and act busy.

Little corners like this, pieces of Heaven
left lying around, can be picked up and saved.
People won't even see that you have them,
they are so light and easy to hide.

Later in the day you can act like the others.
You can shake your head. You can frown.


You can read more about William Stafford here
Stafford, William. "Any Morning." How to Love the World: Poems of Gratitude and Hope, edited by James Crews, Storey Publishing, 2021. p. 92.


I wish you mindfulness, peace, good health, your own pieces of Heaven to pick up and save, and poetry as the week winds down.


  1. Thank you, Bonny, and by extension, Kym. This is a truly lovely poem that speaks to me, especially since I have cultivated these types of moments since I retired. It takes a long time to liberate yourself from a workday schedule that develops over a lifetime, but when you do, you realize you can have these little moments every day if you just try. Again, thanks, and I hope both of us spend a bit of time looking for these moments and savoring them. I hope you have a good weekend with lot of rest and thinking space.

  2. I love this poem! It is an excellent recipe for a day! I am off to pick up all the "little corners" I can put in my pocket... saving them for that moment when I want to "act like others".

  3. Such a great poem, Bonny. And perfect for . . . today. (I love William Stafford.)

  4. That's a perfect little poem with a very valuable lesson.

  5. I am so delighted that you shared this book and "the poem " ~ I really like and plan to obtain my own copy of the book. Thanks mucho to you (and Kym)!

  6. William Stafford is one of my favorite poets. He was such an interesting man and a gentle soul. The book looks wonderful.

  7. perfection! I need to look this poet up, I like his style :)

  8. I need to remember to open my copy up for a little inspiring poetry every now and then (I have it on my nightstand, but I haven't done much other than flip through it). Thank you for selecting one to share with all of us! I love the idea of little pieces of heaven that can be picked up and saved.

  9. Oh gosh I love that poem Bonny! Thanks for sharing. " light and easy to hide." Just trying to catch up on some blogs - congratulations on all the house stuff. That's a lot going on!!

  10. I love this! Have a nice weekend Bonny. xo

  11. Oh how delightful - thank you Bonny for sharing!


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