Friday, September 26, 2008

Poetry Friday -- William Stafford

I've been thinking about William Stafford all week, ever since the Stafford Fest at 7-Imp last Friday.  I'm definitely overwhelmed this week, and I'm feeling neither heroic nor wise.  Sigh. Here's hoping for the wisdom to get things right in my life.  Soon.

The Little Ways That Encourage Good Fortune

Wisdom is having things right in your life
and knowing why.
If you do not have things right in your life
you will be overwhelmed:
you may be heroic, but you will not be wise.
If you have things right in your life
but do not know why,
you are just lucky, and you will not move
in the little ways that encourage good fortune.

(read the rest here)

The round up today is at The Miss Rumphius Effect.

May you move in the little ways that encourage good fortune this coming week!


  1. This definitely gives me a LOT to ponder. I borrowed a Stafford collection from the library and am anxious to dig in.

    I think many of us feel overwhelmed right now. One day at a time . . . ((hugs))

  2. Anonymous8:14 AM

    This poet is a favorite. I feel blessed to have known him as well as his family.

  3. Anonymous10:04 AM

    Thanks. I needed that.

  4. So, so, so true.
    A compass to steer by.

  5. i so enjoyed this poem. thank you.

  6. Ohhhhkay.
    I'm going to have to tape this one up, and read it often.

    We are so lucky to have found this guy right now, aren't we? SO needed. My non-heroic and overwhelmed poetry buddy, take heart. We're all in this together...


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