‘Make much of something small.
The pouring-out of tea,
a drying flower’s shadow on the wall
from last week’s bouquet.
A fact; it isn’t summer anymore.
Say that December sun
is pitiless, but crystalline
and strikes like a bell.
Say it plays colours like a glockenspiel.
It shows the dust as well,
the elemental sediment
your broom has missed,
and lights upon each grain of sugar spilled
upon the tablecloth, beside
pistachio shells, peel of a clementine.
Slippers and morning paper on the floor,
and wafts of heat from rumbling radiators,
can this be all? No look – here comes the cat,
with one ear inside out.
Make much of something small. — ‘Bounty’ by Robyn Sarah
I receive “The Writer’s Almanac” in my inbox each morning and today’s poem seemed so appropriate as so many enjoy the holidays of the season. I wish you love and hope and laughter, really good hugs, friends and family to share in your delight (and the food – I heard a rumor that if you share it, the calories are also divided amongst all who partake). I wish you time to marvel at the small moments that should never go unnoticed, for they hold truths far larger than we can imagine. I hope you get some drool-y naps in there too, awakened by the sounds of quiet commiseration between loved ones. And of course, I hope you receive all that you wish for, and wish for all that you have.
26 thoughts on “Bounty”
What a lovely “holiday blessing,” Mimi! Sending equal parts love, laughter and joy back down the line to you, sweet friend….xoxox, l
I am blessed sweetie – I truly want for nothing, other than the health, happiness and love for family and friends..Well, I would like another puppy, but Andy isn’t getting on board that train just yet..:-) xoxo
Another puppy would be SUCH fun! How about a Cavalier like Miss Thing? They are sooooo sweet and hands down the best lap warmer on four legs!! :-). Xoxo
Do you have any idea how much I want another puppy? And yes, I want a Cavalier just like Miss Thing…But let’s guess who is putting the cabash on my need to have the round table more fully occupied? You got it…The King..xoxo
Beautiful poem. So appropriate. Thanks for sharing Mimi.
I am a HUGE believer the in the little things. This is a wonderful poem. I love your drool-y nap waking to the quiet sounds of loved ones commiserating and I would like nothing better than to share some calories with you over some of that tea with a giant spoonful of hugs…great way to start the day Mim, thanks…xoxo
We’re just going to have to make that happen honey…enjoy your holidays and your time with your sons!! xoxo
Thank you Mim…I will make the most of every second. xoxo
Happy holidays to you and your family Mimi.
And to you and yours Bill. Thank you for bringing so much delight into my life.
wish for all that you have–a beautiful sentiment- Happy Christmas Eve Mimi
Thank you!!! Wishing you the wonder of the season – all year long!
Perfect again, Mimi – happy Christmas!
To you too Julie!
I would expect nothing less from this beautiful gift I receive in my mailbox most mornings. What a beautiful holiday wish. While I reflect upon my bounty, I am very aware that on the days I veer off path, there’s always this safe place where a dear friend “drives a truck” that gently guides me back to the winding road I travel on. So for you, my dearest friend, my wish/”suggestion” if you will is the same one I gave to all my “kids” every year as they skipped out of school beginning their winter breaks – “don’t settle for less than the best this holiday season because that is what you deserve.” Enjoy the solitude, the company and the beauty of a “drooly nap”. But whatever you do, may you do it with gusto and with those you love. And, know I wish I could be there. To the moon and back….xoxox
Love you Jo..and hope that you feel the sun shining down on you regardless of the weather..the love of Ben and Jenna and me (and so many others)…the delight to be found in something as delicious as a hug. I will see you soon and in the interim, know that you are with me always..xoxo, m
Happy Holidays to you and your family Mimi!
Wishing you and your family all the joys of the season Tina!
I great poem I liked it. Hope you are having a wonderful Christmas
Thank you..I hope you are enjoying the joys of the season!
Best wishes to you for Christmas and the new year.
Glad to hear that the calories will be divided. That is a comforting thought!
(back on track in the new year :))
Mimi – That’s a lovely, sweet message; thanks and may you enjoy the same joy you give!
Thank you so much Fran!! Enjoy the season and the love that is around you..
and the food – I heard a rumor that if you share it, the calories are also divided amongst all who partake) –
Love this message…EVEN reading it after the holiday has gone quiet…I may even appreciate it more! xoxo
Yup – true about the food thing..the more people who partake, the fewer the calories…I’ve believed that for years..:-) I hope you holiday was magical..xoxo