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Robyn Sarah


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.

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 nine poetry collections, two collections of short stories and a book of essays on poetry. Robyn is the poetry editor for Cormorant Books in Toronto, and lives with her husband in Montreal. Her most recent collection is Digressions: Prose Poems, Collage Poems, and Sketches (Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2012).



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this my live by this poem. means everything to me.
Posted 05/10/2019 06:08 PM
Beautiful, love this.
Posted 12/06/2011 04:33 AM
A true and lovely song to live by. Thanks.
Posted 12/02/2011 11:15 AM
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
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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