Notes from the Waxhaws

Break of day

with 3 comments

“At break of day, when dreams they say, are true.”

~ John Dryden


I stumbled this morning upon this poem by William Stafford…a reminder to treat this day…this present moment with care and attention. To be ready for this new day.

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 this 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, You Reading This, Be Ready

Written by Jim

February 9, 2013 at 5:26 pm

3 Responses

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  1. Being present and aware is increasingly difficult, isn’t it?

    Maurice A. Barry

    February 9, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    • Yes…but worth the effort.


      February 12, 2013 at 8:36 am

  2. Nice. Now.


    February 11, 2013 at 5:14 pm

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