The way a crow
Shook down on me
The dust of snow From a hemlock tree
Has given my heart
A change of mood
And saved some part
Of a day I had rued.
Sometimes I need a wake-up call. It's easy to get wrapped up in my own problems, my own thinking, and forget there's a beautiful world living all around me.
When I read Robert Frost's poem I am reminded of that. I can see myself walking along , complaining about some minute thing and then plop, a pile of snow lands on my head. I would look up and see a bird I hadn't noticed before, a sky that I'd failed to consider. It would be the universe's way of saying, "Hey, dummy. Look around once in a while. The world is a wonderful place."
1. Copy the poem into your notebook. If it's a poem you get, go with it. Write about it, write within it, or write from it. If not, go to step 2.
What are the details around you right now?
What are the wonderful sounds, smells, or sights you might be missing? The purring of your cat? Slight banging of pots and pans as dinner is readied? The frost on your window frame? The arrival of someone coming home? Oooh, I like that! Now I'm wondering. What is the sound of someone coming home? What do I hear? How do I know that person is home? Is there something specific that tells me which person it is?
Happy writing, and I hope you enjoy taking in your world with new ears and eyes. Maybe you're a little smarter than me and don't need a plop of snow dropped on your head to "see things rightly." (The Little Prince) I hope so!