Friday, February 26, 2010

Orb-weavers, sitting in the corner, the world not bad

Usually in church life things slow down shortly after Christmas. Not this year. We've had a visit from the presiding bishop, waves of snowstorms, an annual meeting, a centennial banquet, Vestry retreat, and a relentless stream of pastoral care needs in our parish. And that's just a start to the list.

Truthfully, we are way overdo for a poem. So here is one sent by our friend Karen in Tennessee. I love it. Enjoy your day.

Private Lives
by Allan Peterson

How orb-weavers patch up the air in places
like fibrinogen, or live in the fence lock.
How the broom holds lizards.
How if you stand back you will miss them
afflicted by sunset,
the digger bees mining the yard,
birds too fast to have shadows,
the life that lives in the wren whistle.
You will see moth-clouds
that are moving breaths
and perhaps something like the star
that fell on Alabama
through the roof of Mrs. E. Hulitt Hodges
and hit her radio, then her.
No, you must be close for the real story.
I remember being made
to stand in the corner for punishment
because it would be dull and empty
and I would be sorry.
But instead it was a museum of small wonders,
a place of three walls
with a weather my breath influenced,
an archaeology of layers, of painted molding,
a meadow as we called them then
of repeatable pale roses,
an eight-eyed spider in a tear of wallpaper
turning my corner.
The texture. The soft echo if I talked,
if I said I am not bad if this is the world.

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