Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Pat Schneider: "The Patience of Ordinary Things"

It is a kind of love, is it not?
How the cup holds the tea,
How the chair stands sturdy and foursquare,
How the floor receives the bottoms of shoes
Or toes. How soles of feet know
Where they're supposed to be.
I've been thinking about the patience
Of ordinary things, how clothes
Wait respectfully in closets
And soap dries quietly in the dish,
And towels drink the wet
From the skin of the back.
And the lovely repetition of stairs.
And what is more generous than a window?

"The Patience of Ordinary Things" by Pat Schneider, from New and Selected Poems. © Amherst Writers and Artists Press, 2005.

Photograph: "New Light Through Old Windows," by Ragman (originally black and white).



  1. A lovely final line in particular.

  2. I find myself thinking of this poem often--the lovely repetition of stairs, the generosity of windows.


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