11 March 2013

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.
"Any Morning" by William Stafford from The Way It Is. © Graywolf Press, 1999.

Posted by Garrison Keillor on The Writers Almanac on November 26, 2012 which was my father's 96th birthday. This poem embodies my father's attitude to which I aspire. These are photos from yesterday morning as spring emerges here in my little corner of the world and the mornings are so perfectly lovely.








Be happy, hum a little, pick up pieces of heaven and save them. Good advice.

13 comments:

  1. What a fine poem, and your pictures are a delight. Thank you, and I'll remember to save a bit of Heaven when nobody is looking. :-)

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    1. I love this poem and its good reminders of what's important. Imagine if we all save those bits!

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  2. A great start, wherever you are!
    Thanks for the invitation, Mary. I might just take that trip one of these days. Likewise, if you are in these parts of the world, know that my house is always open to you and your loved ones.

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    1. Isn't it amazing that we can form friendships through our blogging?! Love it.

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  3. picking up little corners of heaven....that is pretty cool...cool as well that this reminds you of your dad...look at those lovely mountains too...

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    1. It all came together- the poem, the reminder of my Dad, the view- lovely.

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    2. smiles...dont you love it when that happens? happy thursday...

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    1. Two from my town and one of my neighbor's tree.

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  5. There is always a bit of heaven in our lives, if only we look and see with eyes wide open. Beautiful poem.

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    1. So true- and I love the way he says this.

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  6. what wonderful pics and i just love the little habit..picking up little pieces of heaven and just knowing that you have them in your pockets makes the day a whole lot different

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    1. They're all around us aren't they!

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