Mary Oliver’s “Instructions for Living a Life” advises that we should “Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.”
I thought of this when I read today’s quick-write on Kate Messner’s Teacher’s Write blog post. I’m often astonished by the beauty of the fields around my house, especially in summer. I’ve written about this in my journals over the years, and Kate’s post inspired me to turn these observations into a poem.
Sometimes, on a summer morning
Grandpa Stuart’s fields are touched
by the rays of the rising sun
so just the top of the grasses
glow in the yellow light.
Goldfinches perch on purple thistles,
breakfasting on seeds.
Sometimes, a deer wanders into the field,
interrupting their feast.
Startled, they rise as one
into the air, darting and diving,
chittering as they fly
before settling down
to the business at hand:
harvesting the glorious sunshine
captured in those thistles.
What astonished you today?