Top Five: Best of My Spring Reading 2020
First Monday of Summer

Sharing a Poem . . . and Something More

A poem . . . on a beautiful day in a week that's been full of beautiful days!



When Life Seems a To-Do List
Marjorie Saiser

When the squares of the week fill
with musts and shoulds,

when I swim in the heaviness of it,
the headlines, the fear and hate,

then with luck, something like a slice of moon
will arrive clean as bone

and beside it on that dark slate
a star will lodge near the cusp

and with luck I will have you
to see it with, the two of us,

fools stepping out the backdoor
in our pajamas.

Is that Venus? -- I think so -- Let's
call it Venus, cuddling up to the moon

and there are stars further away
sending out rays that will not

reach us in our lifetimes
but we are choosing, before the chaos

starts up again,
to stand in this particular light.


My best wishes to all of you . . . for a weekend filled with peace and solace, time to rest -- and things that bring you joy. (And maybe some poetry, too.)


Today's poem was published in The Woman in the Moon, by Marjorie Saiser, 2018, The Backwaters Press.  Information about the poet can be found here


The Something More. If you're looking for a meaningful way to observe Juneteenth today, check out this special collection of historical photographs, poems, and articles from The New York Times. And if you're just looking for a good explanation of Juneteenth (how it came to be and why it's particularly relevant now), here's a good article from Vox.



Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.


Oh, what a great poem! Thanks for the links, too. That NYT special collection is amazing.


What a beautiful poem! And I love the title "The Woman in the Moon." Thanks, too, for the links (as always - you find such good stuff). Happy Weekend and Happy Father's Day to Tom.


Once again you've done chosen the perfect poem! Life has begun to feel a bit like a to-do list, but who knows what I'll see stepping out the back door tonight. Thanks for the lovely poetry and the Juneteenth links.


I love that poem, it makes me think of Dale getting me up form bed that night many months ago to go see the moon.


What a lovely post - and I especially love the share of Something More. Happy weekend!


I love that poem! Beautiful! :)

And, thank you for the links!


How beautiful that poem is!
Thank you for posting it.


You always pick such great poems to share! Hope you have a wonderful first weekend of summer!


Marjorie Saiser is very local to me, as in she lives in Lincoln. I've loved her poetry for a long time.

Kathy Boyer

Lovely lovely poem

The comments to this entry are closed.