Friday, October 30, 2009

A Meditation on Patience (not my strong suit)

The Patience of Ordinary Things
by Pat Schneider

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?


  1. This is good. It is a wonderful way to discribe the love of patience.

  2. And I particularly love the last line: "And what is more generous than a window". Sigh......................