Present Moment

05 Dec

My cats :)

I wanted to share a poem I came across today in an old journal of mine:

Your 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



Posted by on December 5, 2014 in Creative Writing


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6 responses to “Present Moment

  1. ViewPacific

    December 5, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    Who knows if time will show us better thoughts?
    Right now is wonderful.
    Thank you,

  2. goingoutwordsandinwords

    December 5, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    Thank you for posting Vincent, may your day be well.

  3. rawmissoula

    December 6, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Thanks for sharing. This photo made me smile.

  4. goingoutwordsandinwords

    December 6, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    Me too! :)

  5. Kathi

    December 6, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    Love the poem, the the kitties!

  6. goingoutwordsandinwords

    December 7, 2014 at 8:01 am

    Me too :)


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