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!