Thursday, April 18, 2019

A Poem and a Bloom

Good Morning!

Thanks to Kym I know that today is "Poem in Your Pocket" day.  The poem I've chosen is by Ted Kooser and is actually in two books of poems by him that I have.  The first book is "Delights and Shadows" (2004) which my Dad gave to me some years ago.  This won the Pulitzer for Poetry.  I like this quote from the NY Times Review:  "....has a genius for making the ordinary sacred."  The second book of his poetry that I have is called "Valentines" (2008).  This book was also a gift from Janet one Sisters' Weekend. 

Screech Owl

All night each reedy whinny
from a bird no bigger than a heart
flies out of a tall black pine
and, in a breath, is taken away
by the stars.  Yet, with small hope
from the center of darkness
it calls out again and again.

Do you have a poem to share today?

Last night while waiting for dinner to cook, Fletch and I noticed that our Redbud has finally begun to open.  Our tree is young - Fletch put it in only a few years ago.  I remember the first year there was only one branch with a few buds, but each year the number of blooms increases and it is turning into a really nice tree.  It's not as far along as many I pass on my way to work,, but it's ours!

Well, this is my Friday of the work week, so wishing you all a lovely weekend.  We'll be heading over to Colin & Mailing's for dinner on Sunday.  Other than that, no real plans except start thinking of  - and maybe do a little - packing as we leave on vacation a week from Saturday!!  Maybe I can figure out what knitting to take.


  1. That is such a beautiful poem, Vera, and one I'm pleased to put in my pocket today (and think of when I hear an owl)!

  2. Redbuds have become a very difficult tree to keep around here (NEO). They become diseased very easily, for some reason. I'm glad yours is healthy and showing off this Spring.

  3. I like this poem! Your redbud tree is becoming beautiful--mine is still at the 'one branch blooms' stage and it is 4 years old! Patience.

  4. Redbuds are gorgeous!!! We have lost a few but love the ones we have left.

  5. Your redbud is gorgeous! I have never been into poetry at all, even in school when we had to read it. Since I love reading, it's kind of strange that I never enjoyed it.
    Happy Weekend! We leave on Saturday and I haven't packed anything yet. Oh well, it will get done. Where are you going? It was probably in a post that I missed last week, sorry.

  6. What a lovely little poem, Vera! Thanks so much for sharing it today. I'm going to stick that one in my pocket today, too. (I just love Ted Kooser's poetry.)

    I can't WAIT for our redbuds to start blooming. (It's still too early, here. But soon.) It takes a few years for them to get going, bloom-wise, but once they do? Oh, man! Are they incredible!!! I'll enjoy your blooms from here for now. XO

  7. You have so many gorgeous bloomers in your yard. I'm still waiting to see if my weeping cherry is actually alive.

  8. Oh I can't wait for spring flowers here. We are CLOSE!

  9. That is such a pretty poem. I haven't heard an owl here in ages. The Mister says he has heard them when he goes out for a puff on his late night cigar.

  10. lovely poem and your bush is beautiful or is it a tree??

  11. No poems from me... but I love the redbud!

  12. I remembered a poem that I memorized when a young student.. called "Little Orphant Annie". I can't wait until my Redbud tree is as big as yours! Have fun on your vacation, we leave for the beach tomorrow. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)
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  13. Lovely poem! Oh the redbud! Beautiful!

  14. Once again, I'm playing catch up. So you went to the Allentown festival! How nice! Love your purchases! Sorry the hitch hiker keeps causing you problems. I know that feeling -- your mind wanders and all of a sudden something is wrong. Sigh. Anyway, the socks look nice too. You're so lucky to have a knitting friend to go places with and to just hang out and knit with ! Love your stitching too. Nice poem as well! Happy Easter! I hope you have a great weekend!

  15. I'm playing catchup too! So glad to see the bottom right corner of your tiny stitching make a corner and that you got back on track with Mailing's HH :-) our Spring took another break this weekend and I'm guessing the cool weather is headed your way. Glad you still have some shawls and socks at the ready. Wishing you a wonderful Easter weekend and an easy week heading up to your vacation. xxoo.

    1. ps. love your redbud. and as much as I look for those pretty purple blooms to signal the real arrival of spring, the purple leaves they leave behind make my heart sing.

  16. That is a wonderful poem by Ted Kooser. He is one of my favorites and since he is local I've heard him read in person. The redbud is beautiful. Flowering trees are such a treat.