What well-chosen small presents
arrive almost every day, wrapped
in the newspaper of the ordinary!
No ribbons. No gift cards.
Just the coin of the sun glinting
behind a gray broth of clouds.
A knuckle of dark rock exposed as
a freeze lets go and the snow
settles in its own melting. Trees
showing off their good bones, skeletal,
naked—their fractal structures
echoing the repeating patterns of atoms.
Last week a tender rain came and went,
and our roof gutters gurgled their watery
joy at being useful.
And today, a raven feather on
the sidewalk and wings in the sky,
memos from heaven everywhere.
Luci Shaw (1928 –
From ‘Sea Glass’ – New and Selected Poems
… stop, say thank you for the beauty in the common place … arrive almost every day, wrapped / in the newspaper of the ordinary! … what a nice way of putting it … I have been known to wrap presents in newspaper … and the arrival of the newspaper is quite an ordininary affair
… and a thank you to the creator … the coin of the sun glinting … perhaps the sun is more than the sun … with Son, religious connotations … a gift of priceless value
… depression dissipates by its own destruction … the snow / settles in its own melting … winter (or depression) … cures itself from the inside … and of course time is needed, well known for anyone suffering from depression
… the basics, the essentials of life shown … echoing the repeating patterns of atoms … nature showing the beauty of its core elements in common structuring
… nature, responding to need … a tender rain came and went ... man made structure respond to the gift of rain in joyous personification … reflecting emotional state of the poet LS
… the light touch of God seen in the drift of … a raven feather … as it … wings in the sky … memos from heaven … spiritual communciation in the simpliest of things … great poetic interpretation
Luci Shaw shows her spiritual appreciation of the beauty around us with the poetic art of expressing this in a very acceptable way … stop, accept, appreciate – perhaps the first step in religious life