The Patience of Ordinary Things
is a kind of love, is it not?
How the cup holds the tea,
the chair stands sturdy and foursquare,
How the floor
receives the bottoms of shoes
Or toes. How soles of feet know
they're supposed to be.
I've been thinking about the patience
ordinary things, how clothes
Wait respectfully in closets
soap dries quietly in the dish,
And towels drink the wet
the skin of the back.
And the lovely repetition of stairs.
what is more generous than a window?
from, Another River
and Artists Press
choosing the name "Green
Windows" founder and director Peggy Simmons
wanted to honor Amherst Writers and Artists' founder Pat
Peggy was captivated by the generous windows in Pat's poem "The
Patience of Ordinary Things." She opted for color
green can symbolize generosity. She also simply thought "green windows"
pretty. Further, using "windows" in writing prompts has led
some amazingly rich and very diverse writing. Francois Bon should also be
credited. In his book Tous
Les Mots Sont Adultes he
explores using windows and
other ordinary things in writing prompts.
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