the patience of ordinary things

The Patience of Ordinary Things
by Pat Schneider
Another River: New and Selected Poems

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?

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  1. indie21

     /  October 6, 2011

    that was simple and powerfully beautiful.
    It makes me realize the simple pleasures of life 🙂

    Reply
    • I think that we all sometimes forget – and need to be reminded – that there are small pleasures and blessings each and every day. Thanks for your comment!

      Reply

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