You Reading This, Be Ready

woman, face, portrait, eyes

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  (The Way It Is)

Sources: Poem – Thank you WhiskeyRiver.  Photograph: Rangefinder


  1. Her eyes challenge and question – ‘are you waiting for time to show you some better thoughts?’ The instructions are clear – and worthy of being heeded. Great Sunday morning Dave..


  2. Ditto. Happy Sunday!


  3. Wonderful words to read before breakfast. 🙂 Have a great Sunday.


  4. antonferrie8 says:

    Note to self: I need to read more poetry. Thank you! Beautiful!


  5. Completely and totally beautiful…thanks for sharing this one, David. 🙂


  6. stunning image – intense powerful look


  7. Very deep indeed and I love the photo.


  8. Love it. Photo and words.



  9. Love it. Thanks for sharing, I’ll definitely be re-sharing, it’s beautiful! 🙂


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