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Tuesday, January 22, 2013


by Robyn Sarah

Make much of something small.
The pouring-out of tea,
a drying flower's shadow on the wall
from last week's sad bouquet.
A fact: it isn't summer any more.

Say that December sun
is pitiless, but crystalline
and strikes like a bell.
Say it plays colours like a glockenspiel.
It shows the dust as well,

the elemental sediment
your broom has missed,
and lights each grain of sugar spilled
upon the tabletop, beside
pistachio shells, peel of a clementine.

Slippers and morning papers on the floor,
and wafts of iron heat from rumbling radiators,
can this be all? No, look here comes the cat,
with one ear inside out.
Make much of something small.


Lounging about, wearing soft clothes and slippers, and drinking a late afternoon tea is bounty too. So is an intelligent cat wearing a hand-knit scarf. I like the small more than the big as I get old. I like the predictable more than the surprise!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SCOOTER4263 1/24/2013 6:40PM

    All so true. Joy really is in the small.

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IMPROVINGME 1/23/2013 10:39AM

    I've started writing in my gratitude journal again this year -- three things each night that I'm thankful for -- and I think that helps me to give the smaller things in life another nod.
Thanks for posting this poem!

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KASEYCOFF 1/23/2013 6:32AM


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MORTICIAADDAMS 1/22/2013 10:39PM

    I'm totally with you. It's only soft clothes for me and I love my slippers. And tea.

Love the cat picture!

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CARRAND 1/22/2013 8:54PM

    Great poem.

"plays colours like a glockenspiel" - what an image. I love the sun through the windows in the winter, and yes, it does show the dust.

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NORWOODGIRL 1/22/2013 8:25PM

    I like it.

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MLH148 1/22/2013 7:06PM

    Perspective does change, doesn't it.

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SARAWALKS 1/22/2013 6:35PM

    Here comes the cat...with one ear inside out...riches indeed!

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    Safe, sane and reassuring.

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PAULKNUTH 1/22/2013 5:43PM


The cat looks pretty cozy!!!

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MONETRUBY 1/22/2013 5:11PM

    Beautiful! And the cat is quite adorable, too.

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POPSY190 1/22/2013 5:10PM

    It's the small that makes daily life pleasurable and the absence of it that causes misery. I think there are a lot of so-called successful people who epitomise the latter.

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