A Poem for a Thursday #73

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William Stafford was an American poet who lived from 1914-1993. His poetry career got off to a late start with his first volume of poetry being published when he was 46. His style has been compared to that of Robert Frost. His poems are described as "accessible, sometimes deceptively so, with a conversational manner that is close to everyday speech."

Just lying on the couch and being happy,
Only humming a little, the quiet sound in the head.
Trouble is busy elsewhere at the moment, it has
so much to do in the world.

People who might judge are mostly asleep; they can't 
monitor you all the time, and sometimes they forget.
When dawn flows over the hedge you can 
get up and act busy.

Little corners like this, pieces of Heaven
left lying around, can be picked up and saved.
People won't even see that you have them,
they are so light and easy to hide.

Later in the day you can act like the others.
You can shake your head. You can frown.

Any Morning
William Stafford


  1. Loved this one, and Stafford is new to me: double bonus! Thank you.

    1. He is new to me too. I'm glad you enjoyed it.