The Word from New Hampshire

Back home to falling snow, fighting cats in the hall, and my dusty jade plant which is wilted but still hanging on to life. Here’s a poem from Tony Hoagland that reminds me of summer mornings in the kitchen. Windows open, sun streaming in, a to-do list on the counter. I feel worlds away from that time, but in honor of of the recent solstice and days of increasing light, I think this poem is a good reminder of the good to come and all we can enjoy in the meantime.

A little painting I did in Galway when it rained and our cold apartment was comparatively cozy. Inspired by Tony Hoadland’s poem below.

The Word
Tony Hoagland

Down near the bottom
of the crossed-out list
of things you have to do today,

between “green thread”
and “broccoli” you find
that you have penciled “sunlight.”

Resting on the page, the word
is as beautiful, it touches you
as if you had a friend

and sunlight were a present
he had sent you from some place distant
as this morning—to cheer you up,

and to remind you that,
among your duties, pleasure
is a thing,

that also needs accomplishing
Do you remember?
that time and light are kinds

of love, and love
is no less practical
than a coffee grinder

or a safe spare tire?
Tomorrow you may be utterly
without a clue

but today you get a telegram,
from the heart in exile
proclaiming that the kingdom

still exists,
the king and queen alive,
still speaking to their children,

—to any one among them
who can find the time,
to sit out in the sun and listen.

FInding the light
FInding the light in Northern Ireland a few weeks ago.

And if you’ve some down time during the holidays, check out these poetry blogs as well. There are so many inspiring reads!

Read A Little Poetry

A Year of Being Here


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