Poetry Friday: Love Calls Us To The Things Of This World



Love Calls Us To The Things Of This World

by Richard Wilbur

The eyes open to a cry of pulleys,
And spirited from sleep, the astounded
Hangs for a moment bodiless and
As false dawn.
Outside the open window
The morning air is all awash with

Read the rest of the poem here or listen to Richard Wilbur read his poem.

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9 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: Love Calls Us To The Things Of This World

  1. For some reason, I knew the title of this poem, but hadn’t really heard all of it. Wonderful video (beautiful reading voice!). Love the image of angels in the opening lines. What a fine wordsmith Mr. Wilbur is.


  2. “Awash with angels.” I love it! And I laughed out loud at “Let there be nothing on earth but laundry.” Wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing this poem.


  3. When I was living in Australia, clothes dryers were (and probably still are) less popular. I quickly learned to love the meditative experience that hanging laundry came to be… except when the birds used my towels for target practice. Thank you for posting this wonderful poem and video.


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