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Make much of something small.
The pouring-out of tea,
a drying flower’s shadow on the wall
from last week’s sad bouquet.
A fact: it isn’t summer any more.

Say that December sun
is pitiless, but crystalline
and strikes like a bell.
Say it plays colours like a glockenspiel.
It shows the dust as well,

the elemental sediment
your broom has missed,
and lights each grain of sugar spilled
upon the tabletop, beside
pistachio shells, peel of a clementine.

Slippers and morning papers on the floor,
and wafts of iron heat from rumbling rads,
can this be all? No, look – here comes the cat,
with one ear inside out. 
Make much of something small.


From A Day’s Grace (Porcupine’s Quill, 2003).
Used with permission of publisher and author.

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Robyn Sarah was born in New York City to Canadian parents. She wrote and enjoyed poetry as a child and is now the author of eight poetry collections, two collections of short stories and a book of essays on poetry. Widely anthologized and recipient of many awards, Robyn is the poetry editor for Cormorant Books in Toronto, and lives with her husband in Montreal.

 


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Posted 08/09/2014 01:02 AM
Eiken:
Beautiful, love this.
Posted 12/06/2011 04:33 AM
marenomitchell:
A true and lovely song to live by. Thanks.
Posted 12/02/2011 11:15 AM
69Dorcas:
What grandiose of small insightful things. I love it. Surely to my own taste. The minute glory of creation.
Posted 12/02/2011 09:32 AM
KevinArnold:
I enjoyed the repetition at the end; full circle.
Posted 12/02/2011 09:04 AM
Glen Sorestad:
The opening line is a good poetic credo for any poet. Well done, Robyn.
Posted 12/02/2011 07:53 AM
nadia ibrashi:
A lovely way to start the day.
Posted 12/02/2011 07:11 AM
Donal Mahoney:
Certainly one of the best YDP poems of the year.
Posted 12/02/2011 07:06 AM


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