Sunday, January 9, 2011

You Reading This, Be Ready

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?
                                         ~ William Stafford

Given yesterday.  Given hate speech accepted as common practice among some politicians and propagated by some media sources to get money and power.  Given the literal targetting of innocents in a bid to win political contests.  Given all of this, and given all our resolving and adjusting and reinventing during this first week of a new year, still: 

perhaps these questions might guide us home again. 

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