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© by Maya Stein

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Saturday, July 12, 2008

to see this clearly


















I am no magic trick, no doer of miracles, no water walker.
I am no architect of glory, no layer-on of hands, no angel wing.
I am no weaver of gold, no mythmaker, no parachute artist.
I am no halo of stillness in a downpour.
I am no treasure chest, no hero, no thunderbolt wielder.
I am no rabbit foot or lottery number.
I am no combination lock, no mystery ingredient, no optical illusion.

But here is a handful of sunflowers from the florist's sidewalk jungle.
Here is a blanket to spread on the grass for an afternoon.
Here is a song on the radio that calls for dancing.
Here is a chocolate bar I will share with you.
Here is a road sign, a notebook, photographs of those I have loved.
Here is a slice of bright blue sky, a hummingbird
thrashing her wings around an apricot tree.

To see this clearly
is enough.

7 comments:

Dale said...

:-) Actually you are all those things.

Great poem.

Wenda said...

:)

Toni M said...

Well, Laurie W told me that you are a real "treat", and indeed you are!

Toni M said...

Laurie W told me that you are a "treat" to read. I agree!

Jonah said...

A lot of power in a brief space. I just listed this as "required reading" on my blog.

Anonymous said...

This is what I needed to read today. Thank you.

-g

Lisa said...

Yes. I agree with Dale. You *are* all of those things!

Thank you for your words of heartfelt honesty and perspective. I look forward to reading more and stopping back to visit often.

It was great to meet you in San Francisco :-)

Blessings,

Lisa