A Gift

The Word

Down near the bottom
of the crossed-out list
of things you had to do today,

between "green thread"
and "broccoli" you find
you have penciled "sunlight".

Resting on the page, the word
is as beautiful, it touches you
as if you had a friend

and sunlight were a present
he had sent you from some place distant
as this morning -- to cheer you up

and to remind you that,
among your duties,
pleasure is a thing

that also needs accomplishing.
Do you remember?
that time and light are kinds

of love, and love
is no less practical
than a coffee grinder

or a safe spare tire.
Tomorrow you may be utterly
without a clue

but today you get a telegram
from the heart in exile
proclaiming that the kingdom

still exists
the king and queen still alive,
still talking to their children,

-to anyone among them
who can find the time,
to sit out in the sun and listen.

- Tony Hoagland

Please accept this view of the sunlight off the bluffs at magnificent Helliwell Park as a reminder "that/ among your duties,/pleasure is a thing/that also needs accomplishing." Enjoy the day!

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