Poetry By Heart: “Hope” and “The Patience of Ordinary Things”
I forgot today was Thursday! So here’s a short & sweet update on my poetry by heart project. My latest poems include an Emily Dickinson classic and another modern one.
A babysitter gave me a collection of Emily Dickinson poems when I was a wee thing of nine; it took me years to appreciate it. But I love that I still have her on my shelves, to dip into now that I’ve become a poetry person. I couldn’t resist memorising the entire poem, as I’ve known the opening lines for ages.
And then one that I first came across last year, that prompted me to read Schneider’s memoir, and I just love the sentiments:
“The Patience of Ordinary Things” by Pat Schneider
It is a kind of love, is it not?
How the cup holds the tea,
How the chair stands sturdy and foursquare,
How the floor receives the bottoms of shoes
Or toes. How soles of feet know
Where they’re supposed to be.
I’ve been thinking about the patience
Of ordinary things, how clothes
Wait respectfully in closets
And soap dries quietly in the dish,
And towels drink the wet
From the skin of the back.
And the lovely repetition of stairs.
And what is more generous than a window?
I’m very new to poetry reading, so all suggestions are welcome. I think my next one will be some Rossetti. And of course, I’m reading more poems than I’m memorising!