Malheur Before Dawn
I didn’t hear it—I breathed it into my ears.
Little ones at first, the stars retired, leaving
polished little circles on the sky for awhile.
Throngs of birds campaigned, their music a tent of sound.
one drake made a V and said its name.
from the reeds and lean outward.
I didn’t know a ditch could hold so much joy.
Some day like this might save the world.
This is one of my very favorite Stafford poems. I thought of it when I saw the gorgeous sunrise this morning:
I love to take pictures at this spot on my commute. There is a stop sign there because the road goes down to one lane, due to some structural problem with the other. I used to blow through that stop sign if no one was coming the other way, but since I was scolded by a policeman, I stop! Which, really, is a gift. If no one's behind me, I often take a picture; looking through the black winter trees, over the pond, toward the sunrise and the mountains is spectacular!
I am learning that it's important to obey the stop signs in life, whether literal or otherwise. Take a minute, pause, not everything has to get done NOW! Slow down and enjoy what's in front of you.
Someday like this might save the world.