Poem of the Week, by Tony Hoagland

Most great celebrations, like my daughter’s wedding last month, begin long before the celebration itself. Yards of cotton chosen years ago, to be turned into a quilt. Endless bottles of vodka turned into homemade gin, enough for 180 miniature party favors. Evenings with my daughter and a letterpress kit, hand-stamping each letter of each name of each place card.

Early mornings, late nights: hand-stitching, hand-stamping, hand-steeping juniper and cardamom. Moment after moment in which I thought about how much I love both my girl and her now-husband. Nothing was hurried. Everything took time, time, time, and every moment of it was a reminder that, among our endless rushing, time itself is an act of love.

The Word, by Tony Hoagland

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

between “green thread”
and “broccoli,” you find
that you have penciled “sunlight.”

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

and sunlight were a present
he had sent from someplace 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 alive,
still speaking to their children,

—to any one among them
who can find the time
to sit out in the sun and listen.

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  1. Larry Nalls · October 1

    I love it.

    Liked by 1 person

    • alisonmcghee · October 3

      Thank you, Larry.


  2. Lady Shamla Rose · October 2

    *Beloved Alison McGhee

    I love your Poem of the Week. Tony Hoagland has serenaded THE SUNLIGHT,
    for me. It is exactly my feeling of this morning. I could FEEL THE LOVE

    It is the 2nd October 2022, here.

    I am sharing with you, what I shared on WhatsApp and Facebook.

     ✨🪄✨*This describes my INITIATION of this morning*✨🪄✨

    I love what you shared of all the loving time and dedication everyone
    gave to your daughter’s happiness. May all of you have many beautiful
    days always.

    In love, with love, for love
    Shamla of Shamballa

    Liked by 1 person

  3. alisonmcghee · October 3

    Thank you so much, Shamla. Your love and good wishes are so appreciated!


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