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  • January 7th, 2011 | 11:48 AM
Poetry Friday - William Stafford

I am reading William Stafford's book, YOU MUST REVISE YOUR LIFE and will have much to report on when I am through. But for now I wanted to share this poem of his that speaks to me while I look for the hand of own muse.

When I Met My Muse

      I glanced at her and took my glasses
off--they were still singing. They buzzed
like a locust on the coffee table and then
ceased. Her voice belled forth, and the
sunlight bent. I felt the ceiling arch, and
knew that nails up there took a new grip
on whatever they touched. "I am your own
way of looking at things," she said. "When
you allow me to live with you, every
glance at the world around you will be
a sort of salvation." And I took her hand.

William Stafford

Irene Latham has the Poetry Friday Round-up today. Why not head over and see what other lovely poems are just waiting to be discovered?
There are so many stories only you can tell.Tell them, please.


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January 7th, 2011 10:34 pm (UTC)
Now that is nothing short of inspiring! I'll be interested in what you have to say about the rest of the book.
January 8th, 2011 07:31 am (UTC)
Isn't it just great? I think I will have to read the book and then read it again with pen in hand to record my thoughts. I can't seem to do that as well the first time through.
January 7th, 2011 10:49 pm (UTC)
Lovely. I'm a William Stafford fan and can't wait to see what you post more of. Also I loved your recent reading list. Mmmmmm. I've got a few of those on my shelf and want to Read Along with Susan.
January 8th, 2011 07:36 am (UTC)
Jeannine I would love to read along with you on a book and discuss as we go. Do let me know if you'd like to do this.
January 7th, 2011 10:51 pm (UTC)
My muse has been missing as of late. What a lovely poem! thank you for sharing! xo
January 8th, 2011 07:36 am (UTC)
Thanks for reading! Loved chatting today.
January 8th, 2011 12:24 am (UTC)
A sweet friend gave me a wonderful book about Stafford written by one of his children -- called EARLY MORNINGS, which is when Stafford did his writing. I dogeared a bunch of pages. I look forward to your take on You Must Revise Your Life!
January 8th, 2011 07:37 am (UTC)
Oh, I have EARLY MORNINGS on my list to read too! (Glad I'm not the only one who dogears pages)

I'm having to slow myself down as I read YOU MUST REVISE YOUR LIFE because I so often read as a race but his words need to be savored.
January 8th, 2011 02:44 am (UTC)
from Laura @AUthorAMok
"I am your own way of looking at things." What a hopeful line.
January 8th, 2011 07:37 am (UTC)
Re: from Laura @AUthorAMok
Isn't it just great?
January 8th, 2011 03:20 am (UTC)
Love that poem! I posted it awhile ago but have forgotten to reread and once again appreciate its inspiring message. It's startling in its beauty, isn't it?

Stafford is one of my favorites. Thanks.
January 8th, 2011 07:38 am (UTC)
Yes, startling in its beauty and simplicity. I read his poems and I think wow, it feels like anyone should have been able to write that and yet we don't, we maybe can't.
January 8th, 2011 11:50 am (UTC)
Love that poem! Love William Stafford! Love any day that starts out with my glasses buzzing like locusts! (unfortunately, that has never happened, but I've had lots of days to love even without that!!!)
January 8th, 2011 12:42 pm (UTC)
Love Mary Lee! Love Wm Stafford! Love Susan's posts!

January 8th, 2011 07:23 pm (UTC)
Yeah I'm not so sure if glasses buzzing like locusts would be a good thing but it sure creates an image!
January 8th, 2011 03:14 pm (UTC)
I love Stafford's poem. What a wonderful selection for Poetry Friday!

I know I have a copy of that book somewhere in my house. I think I'll go look for it today.

Elaine Magliaro
January 9th, 2011 07:19 pm (UTC)
Stafford is popping up a lot this Poetry Friday. This is another poem that's new to me and it's brilliant (like so many of his poems). Thank you for sharing it.
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Who am I?I was born on the Cancer/Leo cusp and share a birthday with Ernest Hemingway and Robin Williams. The similarities don't stop there as I can go from depressed to ecstatic without ever passing go. I feel scared most of the time though my friends call me brave and I find it easier to believe in my friends than to believe in my own abilities to make what I want out of my life.

Who am I? A wife, a mother, a daughter, and even, gulp, a grandmother.

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