Down near the bottom
of the crossed-out list
of things you have to do today,

between “green thread”
and “broccoli” you find
that you have penciled “sunlight.”

Resting on the page, the word
is as beautiful, it touches you
as if you had a friend

and sunlight were a present
he had sent you from some place distant
as this morning — to cheer you up,

and to remind you that,
among your duties, pleasure
is a thing,

that also needs accomplishing.

~ from “The Word,” by Tony Hoagland

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  • Reply tigress January 14, 2012 at 5:15 am

    thank you

  • Reply Michelle January 14, 2012 at 10:48 am

    I love this, thank you!

  • Reply Denise | Chez Danisse January 14, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    Thank you for sharing this. Good stuff.

  • Reply Leslie January 15, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Oh my! That is almost as delicious as your jam!

    • Reply Shae January 16, 2012 at 6:06 pm

      Sweet, Leslie. Thank you for taking the time to visit and read.

  • Reply RedGardenClogs January 16, 2012 at 9:08 am

    Tony Hoagland is my favorite poet on earth, I think. I absolutely love him. We have every book he’s had publishes, and we had his poem “The Time Wars” read at our wedding! I got to hear him read last year and meet him afterwards…one of the highlights of the year for me!

    I love this piece that you’ve posted here. Thanks for the reminder (which I often need) to keep what’s important – really important – on the old to-do list. :)

    • Reply Shae January 16, 2012 at 6:04 pm

      Thanks for sharing that, Aimee. I just found that if you go to this link, you can find an amazing collection of his poems and quotes from people who blog on Tumblr. It’s kind of wonderful.

  • Reply tigress January 16, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    that is really weird. i left a comment on here when you first posted. now it’s gone.

    you moderated me! ;-)

    • Reply Shae January 16, 2012 at 5:56 pm

      Look, look, there it is! For some reason, Akismet thought you were spamming me. Bad, bad Akismet. I would never moderate you, so I’m glad you came back and said something. :-)

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