Day 23 – Haunting Questions

17 Jul

I love when I read something that makes me think beyond the words printed on the page.  It’s great when writers ask questions that stick. Sometimes the most poignant questions don’t need to be answered because it’s the question that matters. How often do you hear a song that just resonates somewhere deep inside you? How about a poem? No? Well, today is your lucky day… no, no, no, don’t go anywhere. I promise, it’ll be worth it, and if you don’t think it was worth it, at least it’s short. One of my favourite poets is William Stafford and the questions he asks in this poem keep me coming back over and over, just like you enjoy listening to a beloved favourite song again and again.

“You Reading This, Be Ready”sunlight

“Starting here, what do you want to remember?
How sunlight creeps along a shining floor?
What scent of old wood hovers, what softened
sound from outside fills the air?

Will you ever bring a better gift for the world
than the breathing respect that you carry
wherever you go right now? Are you waiting
for time to show you some better thoughts?

When you turn around, starting here, lift this
new glimpse that you found; carry into evening
all that you want from this day. This interval you spent
reading or hearing this, keep it for life.

What can anyone give you greater than now,
starting here, right in this room, when you turn around?”

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