Thursday, November 25, 2010

A Poem and a Painting

In honor of the first flakes of winter spotted today, here is a nice little painting by David Fertig

And here is a beautiful poem that reminds me of the simple things I am thankful for this year.

Kay Ryan is a contemporary poet whose work I really love...

Things Shouldn't Be So Hard

A life should leave
deep tracks:
ruts where she
went out and back
to get the mail
or move the hose
around the yard;
where she used to
stand before the sink,
a worn out place;
beneath her hand
the china knobs
rubbed down to
white pastilles;
the switch she
used to feel for
in the dark
almost erased.
Her things should
keep her marks.
The passage
of a life should show;
it should abrade.
And when life stops,
a certain space-
however small-
should be left scarred
by the grand and
damaging parade.
Things shouldn't
be so hard.


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