Saturday Morning

Got up on a cool morning. Leaned out a window.
No cloud, no wind. Air that flowers held
for awhile. Some dove somewhere …

Let the bucket of memory down into the well,
bring it up. Cool, cool minutes. No one
stirring, no plans. Just being there.
This is what the whole thing is about.

William Stafford, from “Just Thinking” in Ask Me: 100 Essential Poems of William Stafford

Notes: Poem – Thank you Whiskey River. Photo Credit: Strandgut and Kulturmuscheln. Related Posts: William Stafford.


  1. He is a favorite of mine and this is particularly lovely. Thank you.

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  2. “Let the bucket of memory down into the well….” Ahhhh, what a visual. In my next life, I want to come back as a poet. Just sayin’. Happy Saturday, pal…

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  3. This photo is so Beautiful. The light and shadow paintings the sun displays on walls are so mesmerizing. Especially at dusk and when it’s a dancing shadow of trees.
    I haven’t seen the sun in two days, this picture is about it lol

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  4. Yes. Now. This cool, still morning.

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  5. no plans. just being there. yes.

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  6. Sounds like a lovely day!!

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  7. montanalulu says:

    i often turn to stafford’s poems for solace and encouragement…..’had the good fortune to meet him a couple of times, as he was an acquaintance of my late husband…bill was such a gentle soul….’much missed….

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  8. I so love this, David.
    Thank you for sharing.

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  9. Lovely.

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