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A Poem for Life

You Reading This, Be Ready
by William Stafford

Starting here, what do you want to remember?
How sunlight creeps along a shining floor?
What scent of old wood hovers, what softened sound from outside fills the air?

Will you ever bring a better gift for the world
than the breathing respect that you carry
wherever you go right now? Are you waiting for time to show you some better thoughts?

When you turn around, starting here, lift this new glimpse that you found; carry into evening
all that you want from this day. The interval you spent
reading or hearing this, keep if for life–

What can anyone give you greater than now,
starting here, right in this room, when you turn around?


I’ll check back in here after surgery. Love and light to us all!

26 Responses to “A Poem for Life”

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  1. Jayne says:

    Love and light!

  2. suzanne says:

    sending heartfelt support from afar 😉 xo

  3. Tom Fuller says:

    I hope the surgery goes very well Katherine.

  4. Renee says:

    All the best to you Katherine. You are such an inspiration. I think of you quite often when I cook!


    Love, light, and sweet blessings for all the ease you need and want. xo

  6. Jennifer Bowman says:

    You are love & light. Saying prayers for healing and blessings. May the Lord be with you.

  7. Ashley Henry says:

    Sending heaps of love from Florie and me!

  8. Anne Philipsborn says:

    Sending you warmth, light and peace. I’ll be thinking of you next week!

  9. Peggy says:

    Though we have never met in person – all best wishes –

  10. Leslie says:

    I’m still holding a place for you on the start line. ❤️

  11. Tom & Marlene Detman says:

    We can’t wait to see you, after you have had time to recuperate, and be feeling good so we can visit. Wonderful poem.
    (Brian, please update us when you can after surgery.)
    The Detman family is with you, Love, Tom & Marlene

  12. Judith Rice-Jones says:

    This mother of another Whittie alum wishes you the best and thanks for the inspiration from your posts.

  13. Louise says:

    Thinking of you often and sending wishes for smooth sailing to you and yours.

  14. Lynne says:

    Alles, alles Liebe, dear Katherine. We’re thinking of you and sending our best from “down south.”

  15. Annie says:

    Hugs and love from NE Portland. xoxo

  16. Annie says:

    Thinking of you and sending my love.

  17. Tina says:

    Katherine, wir drücken die Daumen! Alles Liebe

  18. Kelly says:

    “The breathing respect that you carry.”–from my perspective you’ve always had this, Katherine!

  19. Merril says:

    Love to you, Katherine! <3

  20. Mary Lane says:

    Dear Katherine,

    My mother and I talked about you this morning … it was her Foley food mill that brought you to mind! Tory and Genie are here too and we all send our best love.

  21. Jennifer Northam says:

    Sending healing energy and all the love and strength and comfort our hearts can hold from Walla Walla. Many of us will hold you in our hearts tomorrow.

  22. EB Ferdig says:

    Sending love to you, Katherine! I’m feeling so blessed to be a part of your community. Love you!!! EB

  23. Chris P says:

    Katharine, many good wishes and heartfelt prayers for healing and uplifted spirits. Love, Chris

  24. Josh h says:

    I see you back in your kitchen kneading dough surrounded by friends and family reflecting on joyous times, the Unstable One moving onto the White House and your latest creative pursuits. I’m thinking of you K.

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