Monday, October 27, 2008

The Patience of Ordinary Things

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 comment:

Tamsin said...

Very nice. Heard it on Garrison Keillor's Writers' Almanac and looked it up so I could memorize it. My only problem is that I keep wanting the last line to be "and what could be more generous than a window"

Check out this poem http://www.theparisreview.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/5837